- Author: Roelf Medium
- Title: A match ignite. Report of a quest for analytical skills with the help of 25 interviews
- Issue: University College Utrecht, 2005
- Pp .: 196
- ISBN: 0 90 775750 6
?? A match ignite ?? refers to a life of Palestinian scholar Edward Said. In part three, Medium tells the anecdote of the young Said that are on topic ?? ignite a match ?? a solid edoch wrote uninspired record, but after discussion with his teacher until the realization came to study may be an intellectual quest. And a quest whose character ?? here and there personally ?? is, this book has become. Agent uses the metaphor of the journey for a build-up in three parts: ?? wanderlust ?? as an introduction, ?? ?? s picture and pressing the go ?? unpacked as core and suitcases ?? ?? as lock.
The introduction introduces the topic of the search. Analytical ability is both a precondition for and a fruit of education. In the practice of public administration and government communications you can not do without. To really know what it means, you have people who hold responsible positions ask for the development and application of analytical skills.
?? In a match ignite ?? his 25 recorded interviews with professionals from public administration or functions that have to do with it closely. The interviews were all held to the same pattern. The interviewees, selected function and person, in advance were an indication of the topics. During the interview of the person concerned was a picture which he or she poses with an object that he or she has a special meaning in relation to analytical skills. Again, they could consider in advance. This playful and visually powerful methodological support produced a dazzling array of imagery on; from painting to chess and figurine to book. Also poses the author himself with his subject: the book ?? Exercises in style ?? Raymond Queneau. This book consists of 99 versions of the same story. Original ?? ?? and ?? truth ?? fade; what remains are perspective and perception. And with that already described one facet of the concept ?? ?? analytical skills. Queneau, incidentally, is a pata physicist. That is a literary man with a penchant for mathematics and logic that uses techniques from the science in a fun way. Pata Physicists get their hearts to imaginary solutions or just to constraints surrounding, limitations in text form. . Analytical ability is able to play with conventions, such as rules and regulations, forms and standards.
In part two, get the interviewees to speak. Despite their relationship with the public administration is a motley crew. A mayor sits there in, an entrepreneur, and a judge, a police chief, a public administration and a chief editor. The spread, in short, was very great. All were faced with the question whether they should have analytical skills in their jobs, which include analytical ability can be understood and how to develop it, what their sources of inspiration, and what should have a communications professional with analytical skills in house. It is impossible to summarize it briefly. The power of 25 personal stories around a single theme is that details and patterns, situations and contexts reinforce each other and increase understanding. ?? ?? Thick description, such as the renowned cultural anthropologist Clifford Geertz called it. The first question is obviously rhetorical, but the answers to the other questions show that analytical capacity in the core consists of being able to deal with problems. And at various ways and from a wide range of skills; logically, but with feeling and intuition, communicative but also reflective. To develop analytical skills prove exercise, practical experience and feedback is essential. Inspiration gained from significant others ?? ?? such as teachers and colleagues ?? s, and the beauty and depth of art, game, and literature. It would be nice if it all communications professionals in their luggage, but it is not. From their basic training is too narrow and not every professional has the talent, courage and strength to be a metacognitive rounder. That is not bad, as long as the look but remains focused on learning.
Reflections on the topic
Part three of ?? A match ignite ?? comes up with a summary of findings from the interviews, personal reflections on the theme of the author himself and a discussion of communication as a discipline within this framework. The reflections provide funny anecdotes on each add a little practical wisdom to the mosaic of understanding ?? ?? analytical skills. Thus we understand that not only logical thinking and reasoning, and relativize herein belong at home, but also passion and curiosity, self-reflection, and imagination. Go there but to stand as a communications professional. Fortunately, it is emphasized that analytical capacity is not an end in itself but a tool to achieve valuable insights. Nevertheless, there may still be something wrong in government communications country, such as large-scale operations and policies in public campaigning. Therefore means protrudes like communications discipline still heartened. For example, he teaches that, using the so-called ?? silver standard ?? as research design, effects of communication can be established. In addition, as is also evident from the interviews, the communication discipline must adopt a proactive best. It is even appropriate to also serve with an offensive approach and contradict the public administration. Means sums it up in the admonition verdapperen ?? ??.
Finally agent keeps a plea to appoint transparency to the core function of government. The transparency of the government, he argues, it is still in a sorry state and at all levels: at the level of abstraction of a policy and at the concrete level of an individual expression. Communication consultants can not define a policy to means and ends, and policy makers pose an incomprehensible law that communication advisors may then explain in a brochure. ?? Communication is the continuation of policy by other means ??, says agent released to the military strategist Clausewitz. Next question operate is not the best strategy. Resource proposal is to maintain transparency as a source of legitimacy. By that he means that one should not wait for incomprehensible output but from the outset to be worked on to understand policy; ?? less cringing and more Gideonsbende ??. His plea gives direction and content to said verdapperen.
Reflection in action
What began as a quest for analytical skills, such as ending a call for courage and administrative disobedience ?? ??. This is largely inspired by the analysis of the 25 interviews. ?? A match ignite ?? is doubly practical study: from practice to practice. In that sense, it joins a tradition of publications in the field of organization, management, training and communication in which learning and practice is central. Spiritual father of this genre is Donald Schön and he himself is missed here. His classic work ?? The reflective practitioner, how professionals think in action ?? conceptualizes ?? reflection in action ??. This is a form of acting teach that transcends respond routinely. The art of reflection is that with surprises and unexpected twists in practice at the same time thinking and trying out new actions. There will be as it were a ?? conversation with the situation ?? place. Theories on practice and experiential learning à la Schoenberg in the world of government very welcome; for professionalism in general and for the development of analytical capacity in particular.