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A discussion on Kurt Lewin's achievements in field theory and action research.
# 152232 | 1,505 words | 13 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 16, 2013 in Sociology (Theory) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper provides some background on Kurt Lewin's life and outlines his theories and the four core themes which run through them. The paper then explores the practice and application of his theories and postulations and highlights how Lewin had a significant
impact on creating social theories that could then be applied to help real people solve real problems. The paper specifically notes how he managed to change the way we think about organization theory and the traditional processes for education.

Theories of Kurt Lewin
Action Research
Practice and Application of Lewin's Theories and Postulations

From the Paper:

"Kurt Lewin's name is not one in which many Americans are generally familiar. Nevertheless, despite poor name recognition per se, his theories and his philosophies are a part of our daily life and social culture. In 1890, Kurt Lewin was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Prussia. He and his family moved to Berlin when he was fifteen years old and in 1909, he began studying medicine at the University of Frieberg and then transferred to the University of Munich to study biology. At that time, he became active in the socialist movement and took an interest in combating anti-Semitism, democratizing German institutions, and improving the status of women. In fact, he even organized and taught an adult education program for men and women of the working class (Smith, 2001). His studies were interrupted by World War I, when in 1914, he joined the German army. While serving in the army, he became injured and returned home, completing his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin in 1916. In 1921, Lewin joined the Psychological Institute of the University of Berlin as a lecturer until 1932, when he emigrated to the United States due to the Nazi occupation of Germany."

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