Deepening Connectivity: Learning about ourselves through others as a way to experience integrity as an inquiry educator

TitleDeepening Connectivity: Learning about ourselves through others as a way to experience integrity as an inquiry educator
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHanson, K, Cherkowski, S
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume8
Start Page1
Issue2
Pagination1-18
Date Published12/2015
Type of Articleliving theory
ISSN2009-1788
Abstract

In this paper we (graduate student and supervisor) collaborate to improve our practice through generating new educational knowledge using the conceptual principles of Living Educational Theory research (Whitehead, 1989, 2008). We examine how we might deepen our capacity to work and live in ways that make us feel whole within a variety of contexts through exploring our values of authenticity, diversity and love. To articulate our commitment to this inquiry we describe ourselves as 'servants of connectivity', meaning we prioritize understanding how our actions either connect or disconnect us from our values and from others. Through our inquiry we demonstrate how flourishing of self and community is an interconnected relationship and suggest this relationship can be nurtured by setting three intentions: 1) share spaces with love, 2) be self-fluid, 3) embrace new and creative ways of experiencing time and space. We found that through the collaborative process of our inquiry we could unleash ourselves in playful and exciting ways, and with an openness to seeing ourselves differently, as more capable of authenticity.

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