‘Learning to sing together’: developing a community of research practice through dialogue

Couper, Pauline, Dawson, Colin, Lea, Sue and Spencer, Lisa (2009) ‘Learning to sing together’: developing a community of research practice through dialogue. Critical and Reflective Practice in Education, 1 (1). ISSN 2040-4735

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This paper explores the processes involved when a group of academics within a small teaching-led institution set out to build a community of research practice. Through a narrative account that gives voice to each member of the group, the paper depicts the dialogic processes by which members of the group explored their current academic identities, in a search for new research identities. In establishing a community of research practice the group were able, through dialogue, to move away from hierarchical conceptions of ‘novice’ and ‘experienced researcher’ towards a ‘mutuality’ which set aside hierarchical power relations. In this way the authors add their collective voice to recent challenges to the dominant discourse of academic knowledge production. The paper concludes by arguing for the need to have such communities of research practice in order to facilitate the time and/or space for meaningful, transformative dialogue, at a time of increasing demands upon academic staff.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Researcher development, academic identity, dialogue, communities of practice
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 11:21
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 11:21
URI: https://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17572

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