For the Monday group and an invitation to colleagues:
5.00-7.00 1 WN 3.8 Monday 10th January 2005.
Here's wishing you a most pleasurable and productive year for 2005 which
I'm hoping we'll all be able to share.
After we've caught up with each others' news on Monday evening I'm hoping
that we can look ahead with a bit of planning for the
practitioner-researcher seminar on the 16th April 2005 at McGill
University (the Saturday immediately following AERA in Montreal) and for
the practitioner-researcher day we are organising at Bath for the BERA
Practitioner-Researcher SIG on a Saturday in June/July 2005. Judy - has
your doctoral defense been fixed for sometime during the AERA week?
Before Monday I'm hoping you will look at the brief correspondence
between Moira and James in the Discuss this Article section of:
topic: The Value of Love In Educational Sustainability In China. James has
used the facility to create live url links in Action Research Expeditions
to connect with his Ph.D. thesis and to his question, 'How can love enable
justice to see rightly?'
I'm also hoping that you will have a few minutes just to browse through
the multi-media account Maggie and I have drafted out on:
Living webs of betweenness and our pedagogies of the unique: Enhancing our
educational influence through sharing living educational theories with
Information and Communication Technologies,
I wouldn't try to access the video-clips without broadband.
Maggie and I are wondering how to create a more inclusional account in a
way that is consistent with Alan's idea of a relationally dynamic
awareness of space and boundaries that are connective, reflexive and
co-creative. We are also wondering, as we connect with Alan's idea of the
complex self, if we have managed to ground our presentation in a fully
contextualized understanding of our self-identities in which our distinct
but not discrete inner and outer spatial aspects are reciprocally coupled
through an intermediary self-boundary. We'd also like to strengthen the
ontologies in our account in relation to Alon's heuristic into human
As we have engaged with video clips of Maggie with her students in a
validation group, with Pete in the celebration of Jackie's graduation day,
with Jackie and Jack in a doctoral supervision session and with Moira at
the end of a Year 3 English Methodology class at Guyuan Teachers' College,
we are wondering if you can see ways in which we could improve the
inclusionality of our account. We've connected our account to Eleanor's
prologue to Love at Work, to Paulus' analysis of 'we-i' relationships in
the African Cosmology of Ubuntu and to Karen Teeson's biological insights
into the interconnecting and branching networks of communication used by
fungi and other tubular structures in anastomosis. We've also connected
our understandings of our 'webs of betweenness' to John O Donohue's
analysis of celtic spirituality in his Divine Beauty and to Bernstein's
definition of pedagogy. Joan (Whitehead) - can you see ways in which we
can use your analysis of 'Making the possible, probable', to strengthen
Jackie, Pete, Moira, Alan and Eleanor - do the ways we have related to you
and included our connection to your work in the text seem appropriate to
you? Can you think of ways our text could become more inclusional?
Jean, Ram, Marian, Je Kan, Alon, Ken, Joao, Ceri, Margarida, Erica, Mary,
Paul (Hocking), Jacqui, Ben, Jane and Robyn - can you think of ways in
which we could connect with your voices, ideas and texts and that would
resonate with your feelings of inclusionality? (Alon - could you give this
some thought for Monday so that we can extend the draft with references to
your own doctoral enquiry?)
Paul (Hocking), Jason, Hilary, Keith, Ian, Eden, Graham, Joan (Walton),
Madeline, Mark, Cheryl, Andy (Larter), Kev, Karen and Simon - do please
e-mail to let us know if there are points in the text that resonate with
your own concerns and which we could then connect to your own work.
If you can't be here on Monday do e-mail in your news for us to share. If
I've inadvertently missed you off the 'names' above, please don't let
that get in the way of offering your advice on how to improve the quality
of inclusionality in our account.
Looking forward to Monday evening's conversation.