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Technical rationality and professional artistry in RD practice

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posted on 2006-06-01, 00:00 authored by E Sadler-Smith, Peter Smith
This paper outlines the limitations of a technical rationalist approach to HRD practice without seeking to negate it. It then offers a complementary view based on Schon's notion of the reflective practitioner which exhorts HRD practitioners to embrace complexity and reflection. We outline, first, a number of dimensions of diversity which confer complexity upon HRD practice, and, second, a series of suggested questions that may aid the framing of practical problems in a more effective way than might be the case with a purely technical rationalist approach. We urge novice (and expert) HRD practitioners to adopt a mind set that is contemplative of the diversities that they may encounter in practice and which is conjectural with regard to how these diversities may impact upon problems and their solutions.

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Journal

Human Resource Development International

Volume

9

Issue

2

Pagination

271 - 281

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1367-8868

eISSN

1469-8374

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Taylor & Francis

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