The Social Life of Learning Theory: The “Ideal” and “Real” of Reflective Learning

Helene Ratner

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    There is a growing understanding that public institutions need to be proactive in not only developing their welfare services but doing so continually through various concepts of learning. This article presents an ethnographic study of a public school that aims at working strategically with organizational learning through Donald Schön's concept of “the reflective practitioner.” Schön's concepts provide the school manager with a vocabulary to criticize the destructive effects of New Public Management's linear steering technologies. The study also illustrates that expectations of reflective practitioners produce new uncertainties and managerial challenges, especially in manager-employee relations. The implications of these are discussed.
    TidsskriftInternational Journal of Public Administration
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)200-209
    StatusUdgivet - jan. 2013