Target Audience: All
Location: Calgary, Canada
Presenters: Sheila McNamee, Dan Wulff, Sally St. George
This workshop will focus on modes of inquiry that blur the traditional
distinction between research and social change (e.g., consultation,
program development, etc.). We will explore what research from a
constructionist orientation looks like, how is it different and similar
to traditional, empirical modes of inquiry, and how research informs
the everyday practices of all participants. Emphasis will be given to
the transformative potential of inquiry. In particular, participatory
research, appreciative inquiry, action research, and autoethnography
will be used to make the case for widening participation and
involvement in research in order to maximize the relevance and
accessibility of studies. This theme resonates with the constructionist
call to recognize the ways in which all social action rests in a matrix
of relationships with other actors.
During this workshop, time will be spent exploring participants' own
"contexts of inquiry" and designing relational forms of practice that
both serve the members of those contexts while contributing to our
general understanding of a wide range of social practices. In other
words, we will take workshop participants’ “research topics” and design
methods for “producing research results” and understand them as
importantly contributing to the process of local change and development.
To that end, this workshop will redefine research as an everyday
practice with relevance beyond professional, scientific communities.
This workshop is a valuable opportunity for students and practitioners
engaged in research.
To register and for more information contact:
Sally St. George and Dan Wulff at: [email protected]