Learning with Information Systems: Learning Cycles in Information Systems Development

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LEARNING CYCLE 3: A BOARD FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION

The third piece of fieldwork was undertaken at a Board for Technical Education (hereafter the board). As with the previous two cases the analysis started with self-analysis. This is set out in Table 7.1.

Table 7.1 Self-analysis prior to research at the Board for Technical Education

1

2 The intellectual framework

3 The methodology in use

4 The area of application

5 The analyst (from Table 2.1 and Figure 2.3)

Frame 6 (late 1989)

Again increased interest in participative approaches and in the value of eductive techniques. Also some focus on the basis of understanding and education (Winograd and Flores 1986, Well and McGill 1989).

The basis of the research was still Multiview as adapted in case studies 1 and 2. Some questioning of the value of a fixed methodology (e.g. the ‘against method’ views of Feyerabend 1988).

The Board for Technical Education

Still interpretative and emphasising participation in the systems design. The second piece of fieldwork has shown that both recipient and analyst have preconceptions relating to the purpose of methodology and consultancy.

Two elements from the table require some explanation. In the methodology column the work of Feyerabend (1988) is noted. Experience from the first two case studies has indicated that methodology, if used in participation, can be subject to changes in context. Feyerabend provides some legitimation for the adaptation of methodology. In his book he argues, with regard to scientific method, that ‘The only principle which does not inhibit progress

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures viii
  • Tables x
  • Acknowledgements xii
  • Abbreviations xiv
  • Summary of Contents xv
  • Part I - Introducing the Context 1
  • 1 - Introduction and Background 3
  • 2 - Information Systems and Planning in Developing Countries 30
  • Part II - The Question and the Approach 57
  • 3 - The Question for This Book 59
  • 4 - Selecting the Research Approach 62
  • Part III - Action-Research Learning 83
  • 5 - Learning Cycle 1: a Department of Roads 85
  • 6 - Learning Cycle 2: an Administrative Staff College 123
  • 7 - Learning Cycle 3: a Board for Technical Education 148
  • Part IV - Overview and Conclusions 175
  • 8 - An Overview of the Learning Process 177
  • 9 - The Next Steps 195
  • Notes 208
  • Bibliography 210
  • Index 224
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