Participation in human inquiry
This book explores research as a collaborative process - researching with and for people, rather than on people. In particular, it addresses the central questions: What is the nature of participation? How can participative relationships and processes be established and sustained in human inquiry? In the first part of the book Peter Reason outlines a theoretical foundation for understanding participation and undertaking participative research. He discusses the emergence of a world-view that is holistic, pluralist and egalitarian and sees human beings as co-creating their realities through participation. He also stresses the urgency and importance of discovering ways of living in more collaborative relationships with each other and with the wider ecology, with participative approaches to inquiry being one part of this quest. The second section presents examples of participative research in action. The contributors give accounts of their processes of research - the aims of the inquiries, the nature of the collaborations that took place, and the particular issues and learning involved. Examples include: an evaluation of a prenatal programme by the mothers themselves; an exploration by health visitors of their own professional practice; and a collaborative inquiry into a woman-centred staff development programme in a dominantly masculinist institution. Addressing both theory and practice, Participation in Human Inquiry is an indispensable sourcebook for students and professionals undertaking research in such fields as psychology, sociology, management and education. It will be of particular interest to practitioners of cooperative inquiry, participatory action research, action inquiry and all forms of collaborative action research.
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Towards a Participatory Worldview
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action inquiry action research agency agendas Annette asked autopoiesis behaviour Bookchin Brunel University child protection clients co-operative inquiry co-researchers collaborative inquiry community of inquiry concerned confront creative culture deep participation discussion emerged engage episiotomy epistemology evaluation example experience experiential explore facilitators feedback feel felt feminist focus future participation group members health visitors Heron human consciousness human inquiry idea important individual initial inquiry group interviews involved issues knowledge learning Lesley lives managers meeting method methodology mother organization organizational original participation ownership participatory participatory action research partnership research perspective Peter Reason Phase programme Project Coordination Group Project Workers Team propositional knowledge questions reflection relationship research group research partnerships responsibility role sense session shared skills social staff development stories structure talk task tion Torbert unconscious participation understanding University University of Bath university-based wanted whole women world-view youth workers