Keynote session will be held on 18 October 2019
Born in New Zealand, she is a social ecologist working in water management policy in Australia. She was President of the Action Learning Action Research Association (ALARA) between 2006 and 2010.
She has a particular interest in research methodology and the link to values which she discussed in her latest text, ‘Freedom Research in Education; Becoming an autonomous researcher.’
A retired professor of counseling and President of Social Publishers’ Foundation, a web-based platform established to disseminate practitioner research globally and to support novice practitioner researchers.
Building a profession is a complex historical, political, economic, and sociological phenomenon, and action research shows promise for helping to establish an intellectual and political environment within
which issues associated with a profession’s development can be discussed, debated, reflected on, and resolved through action. (Rowell, 2006, p. 379)
If one believes that research should be about making practical change then one might adopt an action research methodology and seek to implement appropriate action as part of this methodology. (McArdle, 2018, p. 89)
Being aware and respectful of other ways of knowing, which is a key aspect of good Action Research practice (ALARA, 2012), is essential to the health of our inquiring minds and to broadening our human capacity to meet difficulty with understanding, co-creativity and peace. (Goff, 2016, p. 115)
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