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Handbook of Human Resource Development by Neal F. Chalofsky

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A Social Justice Paradigm for HRD

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations

Marilyn Y. Byrd

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

INTRODUCTION

This chapter will establish philosophical and theoretical foundations for social justice as a paradigm for developing human resources in organizational and institutional settings where social oppression can be pervasive and demoralizing. Drawing from philosophical and theoretical foundations can result in “powerful and practical explanations, principles, and models” (Swanson & Holton, 2001, p. 85) that can result in a social justice paradigm for human resource development (HRD) and social-justice-oriented scholars ...

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