An inquiry into the significance of first-person research for the creation of knowledge to reduce suffering and enhance human flourishing

Hutchison, Sonia and Walton, Joan (2015) An inquiry into the significance of first-person research for the creation of knowledge to reduce suffering and enhance human flourishing. In: Action Learning and Action Research Association (ALARA) World Congress, 7 November 2015, Pretoria, South Africa. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We (Sonia and Joan) have been discussing ideas with each other for several years, though not in any formal academic relationship. Both of us have a deep commitment to grounding research in the first person subjective experience of the researcher. However when we talk, we realise that although we share some perspectives, there are substantial differences in why we have come to believe in the significance of first person research, and our preferred methodologies for engaging in such research. We are currently engaged in an ongoing collaborative inquiry, the aim of which is to share our respective ideas, stories and research, in the hope that we can generate a form of knowledge that is different and greater than that which either of us can achieve independently. This inquiry is ongoing. The presentation of this paper provides a 'staging post' in which we reflect on what we have learned so far and consider where we might go from here. We begin by each of us sharing our individual stories as to how and why we came to believe in the value of first person research. We then identify the key issues that we have in common, followed by an exploration of points of difference.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Institute for Leadership and Sustainability
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 20 May 2017 05:57
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2184

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