IAM BECAUSE WE ARE (A NEVER ENDING STORY). THE EMERGENCE OF A LIVING THEORY OF INCLUSIONAL AND RESPONSIVE PRACTICE
Abstract of PhD Submission to the University of Bath, 2005
Marian Naidoo. Graduated 19 July 2005.
I believe that this original account of my emerging practice demonstrates how I have been able to turn my ontological commitment
to a passion for compassion into a living epistemological standard of judgement by which my inclusional and responsive practice may be held accountable.
I am a story teller and the focus of this narrative is on my learning and the
development of my living educational theory as I have engaged with
others in a creative and critical practice over a sustained period of time.
This narrative self-study demonstrates how I have encouraged people to
work creatively and critically in order to improve the way we relate and communicate in a multi-professional and multi-agency healthcare setting in order to improve both the quality of care provided and the well being of the system.
In telling the story of the unique development of my inclusional and responsive practice I will show how I have been influenced by the work of theatre practitioners such as Augusto Boal, educational theorists such as Paulo Freire and drawn on, incorporated and developed ideas from complexity theory and living theory action research. I will also describe how my engagement with the thinking of others has enabled my own practice to develop and from that to develop a living, inclusional and responsive theory of my practice. Through this research and the writing of this thesis, I now also understand that my ontological commitment to a passion for compassion has its roots in significant events in my past.
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Titlepage Contents, Acknowledgements & Abstract pages 1-22
Chapter One - Introducing my inquiry pages 10-26
Chapter Two - The Emergence of a Methodology pages 27-53
Chapter Three - Living my Life Creativity. Expressing and clarifying my Values through the creation of a DVD pages 54-76
Chapter Four - Making Sense of My Past pages 77-121
Chapter Five - How complexity theory has influenced my practice pages 122-152
Chapter Six- Developing services for people with dementia pages 152-203
Chapter Seven - Being Creative in Practice pages 204-251
Chapter Eight - Using the performing arts to encourage emergence pages 252-300
Chapter Nine - I'm a creative practitioner - so what! pages 301-309
References pages 310-318
Appendices page 319-454
THE DVD AND THE COMPLETE SET OF APPENDICES ARE IN THE ORIGINAL COPY OF THE THESIS AND CAN BE ACCESSED FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BATH.