Critical human resource development : beyond orthodoxy by Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg, Kiran Trehan

By Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg, Kiran Trehan

An exam of the newest pondering and study in serious Human source improvement from subject-leading Editors and individuals, informing and aiding dialogue and debate at the nature and practice of HRD.

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I have already suggested that, in terms of our identity as HRD workers, there is a potential crisis looming regarding the actual label appropriate to capture the diverse and dynamic features of work-related learning and development. Perhaps, ‘critical HRD’ might be a better label. ) argues that, ‘Basically, when academics apply “critical” to their own paradigm, discipline or theory, the label tends to signal two related messages: (a) the new paradigm/discipline/theory includes social analyses, particularly the analysis of social inequality; (b) the “critical” paradigm/discipline/theory is opposing existing paradigms/disciplines/theories, which among other failings, fail to address social inequalities.

Elliott and Turnbull, 2002a: 971) From a research perspective, being critical can be interpreted as an attempt to overcome the dualistic nature of methodologies in the natural and social historical sciences (a post-paradigm agenda). This methodological perspective is explored later in the chapter. Having briefly considered the evolution of critical thinking in management studies and its apparent emergence in HRD, we can now turn to consider ‘what’ we are critiquing. Mingers (cited in Burrell, 2001) identifies four critiques: those of rhetoric, authority, tradition and objectivity.

It is useful to start with a straightforward dictionary definition. view=uk) provides six definitions of the word ‘critical’: critical adjective 1 expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements. 2 expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work. 3 having a decisive importance in the success or failure of something; crucial. 4 extremely ill and at risk of death. 5 Mathematics & Physics relating to a point of transition from one state to another.

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