Cultures of inquiry: A transformative method of creating living-theories

TitleCultures of inquiry: A transformative method of creating living-theories
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsVaughan, M1Delong, J
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Start Page65
Date Published12/2019
Type of Articleliving theory

As we approach the question, “How do I improve my practice?” we are simultaneously working towards, “How do I make the world a better place and invite others to do the same?” This article documents the nature of our influence on ourselves, and those around us, using the methodology of Living Theory research and creating cultures of inquiry in a myriad of contexts that can serve as intentional spaces for personal exploration of values as living standards of judgment and explanatory principles. A culture of inquiry is a safe, supportive space wherein practitioner-researchers are enabled to share their vulnerabilities, to make explicit their values, and to hold themselves accountable for living according to those values. We argue that creating cultures of inquiry through our personal and professional interactions, and embodying key values that are embedded within them, can contribute meaningfully to the growth of the field of Living Theory research. By inviting others into the world of Living Theory research, we are actively working towards creating and sustaining Living Theory research as a social movement with our current community and intentionally inviting others to join.

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