|Title: ||Commodification in practitioner research|
|Affiliation: ||University of Chester|
|Citation: ||Unpublished conference presentation given at the International CARN Conference in Vienna, Austria, 4-6 November 2011|
|Issue Date: ||Nov-2011 |
|Additional Links: ||http://ius.uni-klu.ac.at/carn|
|Abstract: ||Action research can be described as a family of approaches and methodologies rather than a well-defined, particular form of enquiry. One strand of ‘relations’ within that family is first-person action research (FPAR), sometimes referred to as self-inquiry or self-study. A growing literature on ‘quality’ in this form of research indicates the need to be questioning and critical – and there are various tools and techniques available to do that such as cycles and models of reflection. These tools have been criticized for not being emancipatory, or actually reinforcing powerful ideological forces at work. This paper offers additional theoretical apparatus which enables the practitioner to glimpse into the possibility of ideological forces as play, and the choices that may become available once these forces become known. The theoretical ideas are drawn from psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan and Zizek), in a form of psychoanalytical FPAR, in the particular style of Tony Brown and colleagues in the UK. Within psychoanalysis, the notions of the Imaginary, Symbolic and the Real create a situation whereby we can identify with *commodified* versions of things (not ‘real’ versions), which ‘miss the mark’, but which nonetheless create a view of the world and how we should act in it. Data from a particular case is offered from cutting-edge practitioner research whereby academics are working with commercial organisations. The case provides a living example of how the theoretical apparatus can helps explain some of the professional struggles and tensions of the academic, and bring supposed ideological forces into some level of awareness. Using the ideas, the paper demonstrates how the academic variously identifies with and understands his practice – caught between a desire to be a ‘client-oriented academic’ whilst governed by a drive to be a guardian of quality assurance. The approach is questioned and critiqued, with a view to create new approaches and ideas.
- provide data examples for 'live' interpretation, questioning and challenge
- offer challenging questions throughout
- ask for ideas and feedback throughout
- be provoking, reflective and collegial|
|Type: ||Meetings and Proceedings|
|Description: ||This conference paper is available at http://chester.academia.edu/cwrstony/Papers/1303983/Commodification_in_Practitioner_Research|
|Keywords: ||work based learning|
|Appears in Collections: ||Centre for Work Related Studies|
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