Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

 

Authors

Ronald A. Smith

Date of this Version

1995

Document Type

Article

Comments

To Improve the Academy, published by The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, volume 14, 1995.

Abstract

Donald Schoen, in The Reflective Practitioner, describes how professionals act to solve the problems they have set for themselves. Peter Senge, in The Fifth Discipline, introduces the ideas of "mental models" and "learning horizons" to describe learning in organizations. These ideas form the basis of a critical analysis of efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in higher education over the last 25 years. (An earlier version of this paper was presented at the University of North Carolina Conference on Faculty Professional Development: Faculty Vitality Through Faculty Development. Chapel Hill, NC. June 1992)

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