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A thought-provoking textbook written for students enrolled in graduate Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters and PhD programs, College Organization and Professional Development focuses on the framing of critical issues in organization practice, the gaps between moral beliefs and actions, and improving equity within organizations. This breakthrough text seeks to revolutionize how we understand ethical practice and provides a new theory that informs practice within organizations. Unlike the majority of Organization textbooks currently available which lack social contextual understanding of moral issues and social justice, this text encourages the use of action research to inform and support change in professional practice.
Students will find the pedagogical exercises useful for reflecting on their own goals, examining their own practices, and testing new intervention methods within their organizations and communities of practice. Reflective assignments are suggested for readers to help them engage in a process of reflective analysis of professional practice.
This textbook is organized into three parts:
Part I: Focuses on the foundations for moral reasoning in practice, introduces the framework used in the book and encourages introspection and reflection as an integral part of professional practice.
Part II: Focuses on frames of professional development, both as frames of reasoning and as developmental pathways, focusing methods of learning moral reasoning and changing organizations that support just practice.
Part III: Focuses on challenges of building communities of practice that support social-critical changes and environmental consciousness.
Practicing professionals and those academics at different stages in their careers who wish to reflect on the gaps between their moral values and their actions in work situations will also find this text informative and useful. The chapters include fundamental and insightful guidance for reflection on the topics raised and discussed.
"Although the book is geared toward aspiring professionals, it can also be useful to seasoned professionals who find themselves at a crossroads in their careers and are seeking new ways of thinking or addressing social issues. St. John leaves the reader with a sense of urgency for integrating moral reasoning in professional practice."--Education Review, November 2009
"The interdisciplinary approach to complex social problems offered by St. John is sorely needed in graduate education classrooms….The text’s inclination toward big questions lacking easy answers makes it a solid bet for drawing out substantive dialogue."--Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(1), 120-122
"In this text, St John demonstrates his ability to review, reflect and link theories and research on moral reasoning, professional development and social justice…for those who are interested in research or exploring moral reasoning and reflective practice within communities of practice, this is an important book that can serve as a guide for framing further research and/or exploring pedagogy. "—Journal of Moral Education
List of Text Boxes, Figures, and Tables
Part I: Moral Reasoning in the Professions
Chapter 1: Professional Responsibility
Chapter 2: Social Justice
Chapter 3: Professional Development
Chapter 4: Actionable Knowledge
Part II: Reflective Practice and Organizational Change
Chapter 5: Expert Knowledge and Skills
Chapter 6: Strategy and Artistry
Chapter 7: Professional Effectiveness
Chapter 8: Critical Social Challenges
Chapter 9: Transformational Practice
Part III: Conclusions
Chapter 10: Conclusions