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Aditjondro, George Junus 1989 Uncovering the Theory of Action of an Indonesian Community Development Agency (YPMD): a case study in learning from experience, MSc. Thesis, Cornell University.
    © George Junus Aditjondro, 1989. Use of any part of this thesis for any purpose must be acknowledged.


Community development workers associated with non- governmental organizations (NGOs) in Indonesia, usually start their carrier without a distinct theory about their work. They often learn their trade, from their own experience. Unfortunately, this learning from experience has rarely been documented and studied, for the benefit of future generation of community development workers in those organizations.

This case study, conducted by the author on an organization which he has observed and in which he participated over a period of eight years (1981-1988), is an attempt to turn the tide. Using Argyris and Schon's theory of action approach, it attempted collaboratively with the organization's personnel, to reconstruct; the organization's theory of action, both on the "espoused" level as well as in actual practice. As a result of this retrospective case study, the organization concerned, Yayasan Pengembangan Masyarakat Desa Irian jaya (the Irian jaya Rural Community Development Foundation), now has some 'baseline' to understand it's own actions and to plan ahead. The study also, recommended further research in the interactive learning processes between Indonesian NGOs active in environmental field, one of them being the organization studied.


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