A Trialectic Framework for Large Group Processes in Educational Action Research: The Case of Academic Development for Syrian Academics in Exile

Parkinson, Tom (2018) A Trialectic Framework for Large Group Processes in Educational Action Research: The Case of Academic Development for Syrian Academics in Exile. Educational Action Research, . ISSN 0965-0792. E-ISSN 1747-5074. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2018.1532803) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The term ‘large group process’ (LGP) refers to a range of participatory approaches to community engagement, geared towards exploring and/or identifying solutions to shared issues and problems, and planning change. Primarily used for applied purposes, they can be also used as a method of inductive inquiry in social research, particularly within action research projects. In this methodological paper I outline and critically evaluate an LGP design implemented within an action research project focused on the needs of Syrian academics in exile. The LGP elicited multi-level data from a geographically-dispersed community, while simultaneously constituting a relational learning experience and community action event for the participant population, and therefore aligned with the threefold aims of educational action research. The paper makes three significant contributions: a model for LGP design that elicits participants’ collective and individual meaning frames; a trialectic framework for ensuring that the research, action and learning aspects of educational action research projects are mutually-supporting; and an accompanying orientation to researcher-participant relationships that may help to enhance the epistemological validity, catalytic validity and ethical foundations of projects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Action Research, Reconnaissance, Large Group Processes, Participant-Researcher Relationship
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Tom Parkinson
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 14:45 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 13:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69358 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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