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2014 Founders’ Fellows: Founders Forum – Reflecting On ASPA’s 75th Anniversary

Theory to Practice: Building Blocks For The Bridge
By Sheron King, North Carolina State University

The concept of theory to practice has been a source of controversy and discussion for several decades. The reason for this is very simple. Jamil Jreisat stated in his article,”Public Administration and the Theory/Practice Controversy,” that “in most aspects of public administration, the conceptual and the practical are intertwined.” He postulated that to focus on one without the other would create not only dissatisfaction within the student body of public administration, but an unprepared “professionally trained public personnel” as well. Mark Evans’ article, “The Art of Prescription: Theory and Practice in Public Administration Research” asks us should academic knowledge be used in order to better practice and if so, how?

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