On knowledge sharing and dissemination

... when circulating a working paper for comments, never put on "citations only permitted with the permission of author"

or "no parts of this paper can be used without permission of author". Rather, say "when using parts of this paper please give proper citation and help yourself". Be delighted if someone wants to quote you ... (p.7)

Source: Glaser, B. G. (2006) The roots of grounded theory. The Grounded Theory Review, 5(2/3), 1-10.

Friday, 18 March 2011

On Competence

I was reading some work on quality issues in education today, when I came across this statement by John Gardner.

He states:
" In a society of free men, competence is an elementary duty. Men and women doing competently whatever job is theirs to do tone up the whole society. And the man who does a slovenly job - whether he is a janitor or a judge, a surgeon or a technician - lowers the tone of the society ..." (John Gardner, Excellence, New York: Harper & Row (1961), 2nd edn., 1971, p.193).

Suddenly I found myself asking, "Am I a competent person?" My answer surprises me. Yes ... in many areas... and NO ... in many, many more areas... oh, oh I thought. I should list my incompetencies separately for my own perusal and see if I can work on it.

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