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Social Constructionist Inquiry | October 4-6

Thu, October 4, 2012

Location: Durham, New Hampshire
Presenters: Sheila McNamee, Ph.D. and Saliha Bava, Ph.D.

Sheila and Saliha invite you to join them in the beautiful New England environment for an intimate workshop. Bringing their breadth of experiences together, the 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, collaborative inquiry, appreciative inquiry, action research, performance research and auto-ethnography 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 within 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 consider workshop participants’ research topics and design methods for generating research “results” 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 involved in research (or any form of inquiry) to engage in conversation about alternative modes of inquiry and what the process of inquiry, overall, can contribute to our daily lives. Taos/Tilburg Ph.D. students are encouraged to attend, as are other interested students and practitioners.

Workshop sessions will be complimented by informal gatherings and meals (lunches included in the cost of the workshop). Our meeting venue is the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street (just around the corner from the hotel – a very easy walk).

Hotel rooms can be booked separately at the Holiday Inn Express (information below). Please mention you are booking a room for the Taos Institute group. Rooms will be held for the Taos Institute Workshop participants at the Holiday Inn Express until September 4, 2012.

Come to Durham and explore the potential of social construction and relational practices in your personal and professional lives.

To view the Social Constructionist Inquiry Flyer <click here>