The Community of Inquiry

  title={The Community of Inquiry},
  author={Patricia M. Shields},
  journal={Administration \& Society},
  pages={510 - 538}
  • P. Shields
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Political Science
  • Administration & Society
This article argues that the community of inquiry notion of the classical pragmatists has much to offer public administration theory and practice. The community of inquiry is an ideal position from which public administrators can effectively examine how they approach problems, consider data, and communicate. Participatory democracy is a vital component of the community of inquiry developed by John Dewey and Jane Addams. The recognition of participatory democracy's place in public administration… 

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