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Research Circles: a way to manage educational changes?
University of Borås, Centrum för lärande och undervisning.
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Sustainable development
The content falls within the scope of Sustainable Development
Abstract [en]

This paper scrutinizes 12 development managers’ (i.e. teachers and principals) and two researchers’ practice of continuing professional development in a research circle. A research circle is based on an epistemology whit roots in a Nordic tradition of folkbildning (folk enlightment). This tradition is built on a notion of pedagogy wherein the participants’ knowledge and experiences are valued and provide the point of departure for further knowledge production. The aim of the paper is to highlight tensions and issues in the practice of the research circle and to examine whether this practice develops a ‘communicative space’ where a sustainable democracy can increase, or not. We explore how the practice is constrained and enabled by using practice architectures as a theoretical frame. Foucault’s notion of power as productive is adopted as an analytical tool, to scrutinize the relatings among the participants. The methodological approach is action research. The project is running over one year (10 sessions/3 hours once a month) and started in February 2014. Hence, we do not have results at this particular moment. All the sessions will be audio recorded, individual interviews and parts of the participants’ and researchers’ diaries from the sessions will be used as sources of data. Following questions are of interest and will be followed up in the paper presentation: What kind of critical aspects can be found in the practice of research circles? What are the benefits of such collaboration for the practitioners and the researchers?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
research circles, practice-based research, critical perspective
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7269Local ID: 2320/14441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-7269DiVA: diva2:887981
Conference
Managing global changes and education reforms: Asia and Pacific Responses. Paper presentation at the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association International Conference at The Hong Kong Institute of Education in Hong Kong, November 19-21 2014
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-02-20Bibliographically approved

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