[xmca] Fwd: [arlist-l] Irony and paradox (?????)

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Sun May 07 2006 - 16:35:12 PDT

I do not ordinarily forward from this list, but the question posed below,
and the suggested sources of an answer, ought to be of interest to anyone
who carries out intervention research in a chat perspective. Rephrased, it
could be "How do I initiate an intervention to assure that the people
who I am meddling with have agency for their own change?"

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From: Jack Whitehead <edsajw@bath.ac.uk>
Date: May 7, 2006 4:56 AM
Subject: Re: [arlist-l] Irony and paradox (?????)
To: Forum for discussing action research theory and practice <

On 7 May 2006, at 11:59, Dianne Allen wrote:

The current practice issue raised is: how do I, from the position of
initiator of inquiry, engage those with whom I wish to inquire, and help
them move to autonomy in inquiry/research roles in a collaborative effort?

I would be interested in any tips, or suggestions, that others might have in
this regard.

Hi Dianne - I've been most impressed with the way Jacqueline Delong answered
this question in her living theory doctorate. This is in the living theory
section of http://www.actionresearch.net . You might also like to read the
section on Inclusional Methodology in Eleanor Lohr's thesis on Love at Work.
I've just put this on the site this weekend after Eleanor's successful viva
last Tuesday.

The other person who has answered a similar question is Moira Laidlaw in her
work in China. There is a section at the bottom of the left hand menu bar of
actionresearch.net that might be helpful to you on Moira's work in China and
the collaborative work she has been doing with action researchers in China's
Experimental Centre for Educational Action Research in Foreign Languages
Teaching. You can see a paper she has written with her colleague Dean Tian
on this in Action Research Expeditions. i think it is the June 2005 issue
and you can get to this from the articles menu bar from

You might also find something of use in:

McNiff, J. & Whitehead, J. (2006) Action Research Living Theory. London;
Sage. - Jean and I have set out our present answers to a similar question.

Hope these references are helpful.

Love Jack.

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