Collaboration, Innovation and Evaluation in Action Research: Life with Ortrun for a Better World

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Piggot-Irvine, Eileen
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J. Kearney & M.Todhunter
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2015
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I begin by briefly backgrounding the early phase of my 'life with Ortrun'. a phrase that fully deserves inverted commas because life with Ortrun is always extraordinary. At the beginning of my academic career in the late 1980s I was introduced to action research in one week course as part of tertiary teacher training. As a committed biologist, at the beginning of the week I was full of initial positivistic scepticism for this approach nd was probably the typical painful, critical, questioning adult student who many of us have experienced in teaching. As the week progressed I became more interested and then started reflecting on how this much more humanistic approach to research could interlace with my need not only to be rigorous and show evidence through my research, but also to create collaborative, high ownership, high impact transformation and change through research. I recorded those ideas in my course diary at that time.

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Lifelong action learning and research
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