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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited; New edition edition (28 Aug. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857423194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857423198
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3.8 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald A. Schon is Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Richards on 10 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
Schon provides information on a subject that many practitioners are aware of but that few know how to put into words; intuition, what it is, and its regular use in daily professional practice. He gives voice to the practical aspects of intuitive practice and reflection in action that professionals from all genres utilize.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1998
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In this book, Schon gives us a language for understanding professional practice. Because the sum of what a professional knows is greater than the sum of what he is aware he knows -- let alone the totality of what he can articulate -- there is a hidden world of practitioner competence. I found Schon to be a little repetitive and his examples difficult to fully conceptualize. However, his discussion of the Technical Rationality model and his vignettes of five professions provide a framework which may be applied to the practice of any profession. I believe that readers of this book can enhance their self-awareness as professionals and artists.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Sheeran on 25 July 2008
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There are a few neat ideas here. However, any practitioner will immediately recognise the central theme; the iterative nature of problem definition and solution design and then implementation - 'reflection in action'. I consider 300+ pages largely dedicated to this iterative process as superfluous, indulgent even. It did not articulate anything 'new' nor anything that I have not articulated myself within my brief tenure as practitioner. The repetition within the cases descriptions is tedious. Everything is explained in infinitessimal nuance and several perspectives (indulgent). The book would be worthwhile at 80-100 pages and I would say that parts of the conclusion is worthwhile. Maybe this book is really for educators or philosophers rather than practitionsers (you decide).
The expected benefit to this reader is that the authors articulation may provoke thought or insight into ones own mechanisms or behaviour. This book rarely did that.
I would have liked to read more detail models for analysis into the self-reinforcing Model I behaviour that was very briefly treated and was my main motivation for reading.
Read Theory in Practice by Argyris and Schon instead of this book. A lot of the concepts are very similar to this previous book.
MBAs could head directly to Overcoming Organizational Defences by Argyris.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sara Worth on 19 May 2004
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This is the first book on reflexive practice that I have read and it seemed to cover the topic comprehensivly. I had heard of Donald Schon as the Father of Reflection-in-action. Unfortunately it was not a particularly easy read; although some effort was made to include anecdotes, the text could be more fluent. I was really hoping for something that painted a warm, detailed and informative picture rather than a more text book type of approach.
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By Penny on 19 Mar. 2014
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Gave a great understanding if why critical reflection is important for those in social service, care and childcare practice. recommended.
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By peonnie on 27 Sept. 2013
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