Developing a living educational theory research approach to community-based educational research

Whitehead, Jack ORCID logo ORCID: and Huxtable, Marie ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) Developing a living educational theory research approach to community-based educational research. Educational Research for Social Change (ERSC), 11 (2). pp. 1-23.

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What educational practitioners have in common is the intention of contributing to the learning of communities and those who comprise them, to live values of human flourishing, and to help other people and communities to do so too. Professional educational-practitioner researchers can contribute to communities creating positive futures locally and globally by making public valid values-laden explanations of educational influence in learning. Whitehead (1989) coined the term living-educational-theory for such explanations. The implications of educational practitioners accepting professional responsibility for realising their humane values as fully as possible in practice, and contributing to the growth of a global educational knowledgebase by developing a Living Educational Theory Research approach to community based educational research, are explored in this article. These include individuals and communities identifying where they experience their educational-practitioner self as a living contradiction and their values negated, and creating constructive ways forward—testing the validity of claims of improving educational practice that enhances educational, values-laden influences in learning—and strengthening accounts of learning to make positive social change in this complex and interconnected world through a process of social validation. Illustrative examples are given and limitations, challenges, and next steps identified.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Educational Research for Social Change (ERSC)
Publisher: Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
ISSN: 2221-4070
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)
Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2022 13:45
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 14:01


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