Use of Metaphors LO5567
Mon, 12 Feb 96 18:42 MST

Replying to LO5512 --

I have been passively reading the wonderful discussions shared
within this community for some time and would like to share the title of a
book I think is seminal to an understanding of systems theory and its
relationship to a biological metaphor. The work is as follows:
Bertalanffy, Ludwig Von. (1933). Modern theories of development:
An introduction theoretical biology (J.H. Woodger, Trans.). London: Oxford
University Press.
Chapter 12 of this work is entitled "Systems Theory." Some
theorists consider Bertalanffy the "Father of Systems Theory."
Hope this is helpful and contributes to the groups knowledge and
Thanks to all for sharing and for your insights.

My areas of interest and study are Leadership, learning
organizations, organizational change, conflict resolution, mediation,
negotiations (peaceful settlements), and multicultural education. I was a
7-12 teacher and then secondary principal for 15 years prior to shifting
my focus to higher education.

Gary C. Alexander, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Educational Administration
University of Idaho

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