Reveals how practitioners, consultants, and faculty can derive theories from actual experience and use such theories in solving real world problems. Bill Crowley explores why theory, in particular theory developed by university and college faculty, is too little used in the off-campus world. The volume examines the importance of solving the theory irrelevance problem, and drawing on a broad spectrum of research and theoretical insights, it provides suggestions for overcoming the not-so-hidden secret of the academic world - why theory with little or no perceived relevance to off-campus environments can be absolutely essential to advancing faculty careers. It also addresses the implications for theory development of fundamental aspects of the American culture and economy, including: the American ambivalence towards intellectuals, the rise in the "theory-unfriendly" environments of for-profit educational institutions, and public demands for enhanced accountability.
Bill Crowley is a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Theorizing for Diverging Contexts: Why Research Results and Theory Development Are So Little Used Outside the Campus; Scenario: "The People in the Audience Only Have Master's Degrees" Chapter 4 2. Developing a Research Philosophy; Scenario: The Views of a Swedish Master Cabinetmaker Chapter 5 3. The Revival of Pragmatism; Scenario: What Goes Around Comes Around Chapter 6 4. Tacit Knowledge: Bridging the Theory-Practice Divide; Scenario: Improving Reference Effectiveness in Maryland Chapter 7 5. The Academic as Practicioner; Scenario: Telling Tales Out of School Chapter 8 6. The Practicioner as Academic: Adjunct Facility/Lecturers; Scenario: Tricks of the Teaching Trade Chapter 9 7. Other Worlds of Practice: The Field Practicioner; Scenario: "Piled Higher and Deeper" Chapter 10 8. Other Worlds of Practice: The Consultant; Scenario: Bias in the Library Board Room Chapter 11 9. Theory and Revelation; Scenario: God and Research in a Catholic University Chapter 12 10. The Foundations for Building Bridges; Scenario: When in Rome... Part 13 Postscript Part 14 Glossary Part 15 Works Cited Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Author