5.00-7.00 1WN 3.8, 4/04/05
For the Monday group and invitation to colleagues.
After catching up with each others' news Marian would like to hear any
responses to Chapter 1 of her thesis on 'I am because we are. How can I
improve my practice? The emergence of a living theory of responsive
Do let's focus on Marian's introduction to see if we think it provides a
strong 'framing' for the thesis.
Bob Stephenson from the University of Buffalo is with the Department for
some weeks as part of his Sabbatical. I've asked Bob if he could join us
for this Monday evening's session and also to focus on his work on the
18th April. Bob is particularly interested in 'Judging Action Research:
What standards? Whose standards? Reporting and evaluating educators' study
of their own practices.'
Ram Punia is back from India and I'll be seeing Ram earlier in the day on
the 4th. If Ram can't stay for the conversation I'll pass on his news.
Jean and I have a joint presentation at AERA in Montreal on the 13th April
on 'How Do We Explain Our Educational Influence in Living Our Democratic
Values?' to a session on Action Research in Higher Education.
If you have the time and inclination it would be good to have your
responses to help strengthen the draft before it is sent to the discussant
next Tuesday. You can access the paper at:
Maggie's website is outstanding. You'll see in the paper the point:
"One of the most impressive examples of the originality of mind and
critical judgement of a living educational theorist, in demonstrating an
educational influence in the education of a social formation, can be seen
on Margaret Farren's website at http://webpages.dcu.ie/~farrenm/ .
Clicking on the Educators section at
brings you to the Dissertations section at
where you will find examples of living educational theory theses,
supervised by Farren and legitimated by Dublin City University.å Those
colleagues who wish to see such accounts of educational influence in
learning, legitimated in their own Universities, may find inspiration as
we do, from this demonstration of what is possible on Margaret Farren's
web-site. In demonstrating her own originality of mind, Farren also
shows our educational influence and in turn influences our own learning
with her idea of the significance of developing our pedagogies of the
Alan has finished his latest painting that includes an expression of
life-affirming energy. Alon, Alan and Jack are planning a joint paper
on 'Negating falsifiability - revealing the absurdity of false positivism
in the construction and testing of scientific hypotheses'
Alon is now writing up his doctorate on a heuristics of human existence
and you can keep up to date with his writings at:
web-site at http://www.bath.ac.uk/~pspas/
Je Kan has written to say that he is OK after the recent earthquake in
Japan that affected Fukuoka. He is working on the development of an
e-journal on living action research and educational theory and forming an
editorial board with those who have been awarded their doctorates for
their living educational theories.
The reference for the new book edited by Dean Tian Fengjun and Moira is:
Tian, F., & Laidlaw, M., (Ed) (2005), 'Action Research and the New
Curriculum in China: Case Studies and Reports in the Teaching of English,'
Beijing; Beijing Foreign Languages Research Press. (in press)
Looking forward to seeing you on Monday. If you can't be here and have
news to share do just e-mail it in.