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Social Constructionist Inquiry | Nov 3-5

Thu, November 3, 2011

Presenters: Sheila McNamee and Saliha Bava
November 3-5, 2011

Location: Durham, NH

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.

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To register contact:
Email Sheila McNamee - [email protected]

Hotel Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express
Phone: 603.868.1234
Double/Single: $114.00 plus tax per night
Please remember to make your own hotel reservations by October 3rd (reservation code: TAI).  If you would like to share a hotel room, let us know and we will put you in contact with other workshops participants.

Flight Arrangements
You can fly into Manchester Airport (MHT) in Manchester, New Hampshire which is approximately a 50 minute drive to Durham. You can rent a car or make shuttle service arrangements with Hampton Shuttle (http://www.hamptonshuttle.com/). You can also fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Durham. From Logan Airport you can take C&J Trailways bus directly from the airport to Portsmouth and either take a taxi from Portsmouth to Durham or arrange to coordinate a ride with others. See the schedule for C&J at: http://www.ridecj.com/schedules.html

You can also take the AmTrak train from North Station in Boston (an easy subway ride directly from the airport) to Durham. Schedule can be