Delving into Living Educational Theory (LET) research: a conversation with Jack Whitehead

Shaik-Abdullah, Sarimah, Mat Noor, Mohd Syafiq Aiman and Whitehead, Jack ORCID logo ORCID: (2023) Delving into Living Educational Theory (LET) research: a conversation with Jack Whitehead. Malaysian Journal of Action Research, 1 (1). pp. 11-22.

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This article presents an overview of Living Educational Theory (LET) research and its potential to contribute to human flourishing. Through an exploration of key features and examples of this research approach, we demonstrate its unique contribution to the field of education. LET research places the individual at the centre of the research process, encouraging them to reflect on their own practices and develop ways to improve what they are doing in personally meaningful ways. This approach differs from conventional research methodologies that primarily focus on generating and analysing research data. In this article, we draw on insights from the work of Jack Whitehead, a leading LET researcher, to provide a comprehensive overview of the approach. Jack explores the concepts of valid explanation and video recording and their role in capturing and validating actions. Jack also discusses the relationship between LET and research theories and offers insights into how the research approach can contribute to human flourishing. Jack concludes with a discussion of the impact of published articles on others’ learning and how research impact can be evaluated. Overall, we provide an informative and valuable resource for researchers, educators, and practitioners seeking to understand and utilise LET research in their own context.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Malaysian Journal of Action Research
Publisher: Malaysian Action Research Network (MARNet)
ISSN: 3009-058X
Departments: Institute of Education > Non-Initial Teacher Education
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 11:47
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 11:00


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