Toward the Resolution of Intractrable Policy Controversies
By (author) Donald A. Schon
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Frame Reflection by Donald A. Schon
Book DescriptionWhy are controversies about such issues as abortion, welfare, persistent poverty, and environmental destruction so intractable? As anyone who has ever engaged in or tried to settle an argument on highly charged issues knows, facts rarely persuade in such situations. This innovative approach to intractable policy controversies shows how "reframing" the issues can succeed where simply appealing to facts often fails. In Frame Reflection, two of his country's leading organizational theorists and policy analysts show how disputes that in abstract debate or negotiation seem insoluble can sometimes be resolved pragmatically by those who actually have to design and implement the specific programs. The authors illustrate their theory through a detailed examination of three specific programs: the evolution of early retirement programs in Germany; a statewide project for the homeless in Massachusetts; and the development of Project Athena, a large-scale experiment in the use of computers in undergraduate education at MIT. Policy stalemates are inevitable. Yet we know that people sometimes do change their minds, even in situations that at first appeared hopeless. How that happens is the subject of this pathbreaking book.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465025121
(203mm x 135mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 8-Jun-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Donald A. Schon
High Technology and Low-Income Communities, Paperback (November 1998)
This text considers how low-income communities will be affected by the waves of social, economic, political and cultural change that surround information technologies. It explores the issues in sociotechnical and economic contexts and proposes initiatives to benefit low-income urban communities.
Theory in Practice, Paperback (February 1992)
"This book is a landmark in two fields. It is a practical guide to the reform of professional education. It is also a beacon to theoretical thinking about human organizations, about their interdepAndence with the social structure of the professions, and about theory in practice. " -- Journal of Higher Education.
Educating the Reflective Practitioner, Paperback (February 1990)» View all books by Donald A. Schon
Building on the concepts of professional competence that he introduced in his classic The Reflective Practitioner, Schon offers an approach for educating professional in all areas that will prepare them to handle the complex and unpredictable problems of actual practice with confidence, skill, and care.
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Author Biography - Donald A. Schon
Donald A. Schon is Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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