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Intro: I am Jack Whitehead, a visiting fellow at the University of Bath and a Professor at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. I currently chair the Education and Learning Virtual Learning Stream for the 8th World Congress of the Action Learning Action Research Association.  My action research has focused on bringing the embodied knowledge of professionals into the Academy for legitimation as contributions to knowledge. An original idea from my 36 year research programme at the University of Bath is that each individual can create their own living educational theory as an explanation for their educational influence in their own learning, the learning of others and the learning of the social formations in which we live and work.

In-sites: You can access my web-site on action research at http://www.actionresearch.net . On this site you will find living theory doctorates, masters dissertations and master’s unit writings. You can also access and join the on-going practitioner-researcher e-seminar which I am hoping to maintain for at least the next 20 years.

Remarkable Resources: I’ve accepted an invitation to Chair the Education and Learning Virtual Networking Stream of the 8th World Congress of the Action Learning Action Research Association and you can join this forum, post details of your action research and respond to other postings from the What’s New Section.

Coming Conferences: The 7th Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego on the 14th and 15th May and it may be that you could come to this.

A workshop organised by the Action Research Unit of Nelson Mandela University it taking place  in South Africa on the 19/20 August 2010.

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April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Coming Conferences, In-sites, Remarkable Resources

3 Comments »

  1. Jack,

    Great to have you with us for the just-concluded 7th Annual Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego. Much evidence and positive feedback on the impact of your work with us.

    Looking forward to seeing you at CARN in the fall and participating through cyberspace in upcoming World Congress.

    Take care,

    Lonnie

    Comment by Lonnie Rowell | May 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. In the 12 months since the 7th Action Research Conference at the University of San Diego a lot has happened to spread the influence of action research. I’m hoping everyone will access the text of Action Research for the Professional Development of Teachers at:
    http://www.karaman-design.com/download/Akcijsko_istrazivanje_web.pdf

    This is from the contributions from participants at a Council of Europe, Pestalozzi Programme Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia in May 2010. There are 47 member countries in the Council of Europe and I’m doing all I can to spread the influence of the ideas from the book from Alan Markowitz, Marie Huxtable, Tim Cain and Branko Bognar. I’m hoping that you might do the same.

    Love Jack

    Comment by Jack Whitehead | May 22, 2011 | Reply

  3. Here’s a posting from Joan Conolly of the 11 November 2011 on developments on action research research and self-study in South Africa. You can access these JISCmail forums from the What’s New section of http://www.actionresearch.net:

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Joan Lucy Conolly
    Subject: Re: How do i~we explain our educational influences in learning to improve our educational influences as practitioner-researchers within the social and other formations that dynamically include us?
    Date: 11 November 2011 16:50:37 GMT
    To: PRACTITIONER-RESEARCHER@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
    Reply-To: Practitioner-Researcher

    Dear All on the Practitioner-Researcher network

    We are delighted to report that we have set up a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Action Research and Self Study at HELTASA this year which is taking place at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University from 30 November to 2 December, 2011.

    The Action Research and Self Study SIG will meet in the ‘North West’ venue on Thursday, 1 December, at 12.40.

    We have described the SIG as follows …

    Action Research and Self Study SIG

    This SIG focuses on all aspects of Action Research and Self Study as a practitioner-research approach which addresses social and educational issues. This group already networks via three jisc mails, namely Action Research Africa Network [ARAN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK], Practitioner-Researcher [PRACTITIONER-RESEARCHER@JISCMAIL.AC.UK], and Transformative Educational Studies Masters and Doctoral Studies [TRANSFORMATIVEEDUCATION-ALSTUDY@JISCMAIL.AC.UK]. The annual SIG meeting at HELTASA meeting will be used for face-to-face interaction to enhance the relationships and practice forged digitally throughout the year, and to plan for the year following.

    We will be electing three people to run the SIG at the first meeting, so please do come and join us, if you are anywhere in the vicinity!

    We are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at this meeting.

    Take care
    Joan

    Here is posting from the 5th November 2011 to the Transformative Education/al Studies e-forum with three pieces of good news – hoping that we can meet up at AERA 2012 in Vancouver….

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Jack Whitehead
    Subject: Three pieces of good news
    Date: 5 November 2011 18:28:17 GMT
    To: TRANSFORMATIVEEDUCATION-ALSTUDY@JISCMAIL.AC.UK
    Reply-To: Jack Whitehead

    Just sharing the three pieces of good news I’ve sent round the Action Research Africa Network and the Practitioner-Researcher 2011-12 e-seminar (sorry for any cross postings).

    1) The proposal submitted by Kathleen Pithouse Morgan for a symposium at AERA 2012 in Vancouver has been accepted. Here are some details of the project and the proposal:

    Transformative Education/al Studies Project
    http://www.actionresearch.net/writings/southafrica/TESproposalopt.pdf

    In this project, educators/postgraduate students in Higher Education
    will reflect critically on their learning, teaching, assessment, curriculum
    and/or educational professional practice in a variety of ways with the
    multiple benefits of improving the quality of their practice, earning the
    award of a senior degree and earning research outputs in the form of
    publications. This will simultaneously impact positively on the quality
    and rate of under and post graduate throughput and research
    outputs……

    The overarching research question, which when applied idiosyncratically yields a broad spectrum of insights and outcomes, is:

    “How do I transform my educational practice as …. ?” This research question can be applied in the individual’s direct educational context, with innumerable responses and insights….

    AERA 2012 (Vancouver) Symposium Title: “Starting With Ourselves”: Perspectives from the Transformative Education/al Studies Project:

    http://www.actionresearch.net/writings/southafrica/TESAERA2012prop.pdf

    2) The proposal submitted by Susan Noffke for a symposium at AERA 2012 in Vancouver has also been accepted:

    AERA 2012 (Vancouver) Symposium Title: “To Know is Not Enough”: Action Research as the Core of Educational Research:

    http://www.actionresearch.net/writings/aera2012/aerasym2012noffke.pdf

    3) Ian Phillips has submitted his Doctoral Thesis for examination: My Emergent African Great Story: ‘Living I’ as naturally including neighbourhood, embodying an audacious Valuing Social Living Pedagogy and imagining the universe luminously, as an energetic inclusion of darkness throughout light and light in darkness:

    http://www.actionresearch.net/writings/phillips.shtml

    Ian shows how an individual researcher can research their own learning from an African perspective and create their own living methodology, grounded in their methodological inventiveness, as they create their own living theory as an explanation of their educational influence in their own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of the social formations in which they live and work.

    Looking forward to sharing your accounts.

    Love Jack

    Comment by Jack Whitehead | November 12, 2011 | Reply


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