Living co-operative values in educational contexts

Huxtable, Marie and Whitehead, Jack (2018) Living co-operative values in educational contexts. In: Co-operative Education and Research Conference 2018: Skills for Co-operators in the 21st Century - Learning to Do, Learning to Be, 1-2 May 2018, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We believe that individual practitioner-researchers should be generating and sharing their explanations of educational influences in learning as they work and research to live values that contribute to the flourishing of humanity as fully as possible. The values in this paper will be focused on those of the International Co-operative Alliance. Through this paper we offer an evidence-based argument to demonstrate how a Cooperative University could legitimate the educational knowledges of master and doctor educators to strengthen the recognition of the importance of realising in practice personal and cultural co-operative values. We draw on and analyse narratives of practitioner-researchers, who have been awarded their masters and doctoral degrees for their contributions to educational knowledge, to show how practitioner-researchers can go beyond the important rhetoric of espousing and articulating co-operative values, through exploring the implications of asking, researching and answering questions of the kind, ‘How do I improve what I am doing within co-operative communities’. This demonstrates that such knowledge is recognised as legitimate, globally. We refer to the individual explanations of educational influence that emerge from such enquiries as living-educational-theories (Whitehead, 1989). The characteristics of Living Theory research as the paradigmatic approach will be explicated in terms of living-theory methodologies and a new form of educational knowledge that has emerged from such co-operative enquiries. We will draw on data generated over 10 years of publishing the Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS) by a co-operative formed by people living co-operative values in practice.

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Departments: Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2018 19:37
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3992

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