A Different Way of Knowing: learning through participation and conversation.
Our most recent event ‘A Different Way of Knowing’ was a great success! On 27th January 2017 at Regents Park College, Oxford, a fabulously diverse group of just over 20 action researchers – including both scholars and students – came came together to share a rich array of knowledge and current findings.
The day began with three fascinating presentations given by some outstanding experts in the fields and their overlap:
Dr. Dave Adams (a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Work Based Learning at the University of Middlesex, and a founder member of TARN) spoke on “Action Research and the Recovery of the Subject.”
Professor David Coghlan (Emeritus Professor in the Business and Administrative Studies Department of Trinity College Dublin, and works especially in action research and organization development and learning), presented a paper entitled: “Insight and Reflection in Theological Action Research.” Prof. Coghlan has published widely, including some significant observations on action research and Ignatian spirituality which will be of interest to many of the Network’s contacts.
And finally, Dr. Helen Cameron (a co- originator of theological action research and presently working as Head of Public Affairs for the Salvation Army UK), spoke on “Theological Action Research: Pastoral, Practical and Political.” Dr Cameron’s work in practical theology and congregational studies, in particular, is widely read and influential.
These short talks were then followed by three poster presentations of related research from our Network contacts:
Mehri Zarifikolyane presented us with a fine and rather moving insight into her current study and spoke of “Contemplation and Action Research.”
Stuart Christine presented a fascinating taste of his own research: “‘Receiving the child’ in the favelas of Sao Paulo and the gospel of Luke: A Missiological dialogue.”
And Richard Davis provided us with an interesting description of what he entitled “Transcending relating.”
Of course we made sure we devoted time to some lovely refreshments and lunch where participants had further opportunities to meet with one another.
The rest of the time we had together was devoted to an ‘Open Space’ meeting. This Open Space Technology gave us an opportunity to facilitate our shared and participative thinking about the questions and fields that TARN brings together. Particpants were asked to come prepared with just a sentence or two about their own work, and what they would hope for from TARN. This Open Space time allowed all of us to contribute from our own experience and expertise to the development of what we hope will become a rich, ongoing and fruitful set of conversations. Please click here to see the main themes which came up as a result of this Open Space discussion.