Evolving Educational Influences in Learning: collaborative communities of practice, relationally-dynamic constellations of values and praxis

TitleEvolving Educational Influences in Learning: collaborative communities of practice, relationally-dynamic constellations of values and praxis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMellett, P
Refereed DesignationRefereed
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume13
Start Page71
Issue1
Pagination71-97
Date Published06/2020
Type of ArticleLiving Theory
ISSN2009-1788
Abstract

This paper contains three main themes: an examination of the claim of Living Educational Theory research to be a wellfounded and credible research methodology within the field of educational research; an account of the author's cumulative development over time as a living-educational-theory researcher; and how the author is now moving his livingeducational- theory research into the future. The author's understanding of his own praxis – as a fusion of knowing, doing and being – is explored, leading to an extension of the role of values as explanatory principles for livingeducational- theory research accounts. Rather than a fixed structure, an individual's values are envisaged as a dynamic constellation that is in a state of flux; values within the constellation adjust their relationships with each other over time to fit changing contexts.

The concept of groups of researchers within collaborative communities of practice is shown to have relevance in fostering a novel web-based Living Manual that offers contextualised solutions to practical problems within the fields of disaster relief and the design of regenerative human settlements. Within the collaborative community that has gathered around the Living Manual, co-researchers are seen to have relationallydynamic constellations of values that align their value-sets with each other's.

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