A Living Educational Theory (Living Theory) Approach to Research and Life

A Living Educational Theory (Living Theory) approach focuses attention on the experiences and implications of living values that carry hope for the flourishing of humanity. These values are the life-affirming and life-enhancing values that give meaning and purpose to the researcher’s life. They are clarified as they emerge in the course of researching questions such as, ‘How am I improving what I am doing?’ They form the explanatory principles and standards by which improvements in both practice and knowledge-creation are judged.

The approach stresses the importance of extending the influence of these ontological and relational values and understandings in explanations of educational influence. In a Living Educational Theory approach to research and a human existence, individuals hold their lives to account by producing accounts of their living-educational theories; that is ‘explanations of their educational influences in their own learning, the learning of others and the learning of social formations, in enquiries of the kind, 'How am I improving what I am doing?'’(Whitehead, 1989).

A Living Theory researcher can use methods and draw insights from a range of other methodologies and theories, such as Action Research, Narrative Enquiry, Self-Study, Participatory Research, Autoethnography, Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Critical Theory and Case Study, as well as various quantitative methods. Researchers new to Living Theory research might visit an introduction and read the Advanced Bluffer’s Guide.

For tutors and action researchers on masters degree programmes interested in classroom research and action reflection see Action planning in improving practice and in generating educational knowledge See also the Master's Writings.

For Living Theory continuing professional development Programmes (CPD) see Living Values, Improving Practice Co-operatively.

For supervisors and Living Theory researchers on doctoral programmes interested in research methodologies see Doctoral Writings

For those wanting to develop their support for doctoral and masters researchers and looking for further references try here

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What's new in the 2013-14 Academic Year?

The Educational Journal Of Living Theories.

Notes for Jack Whitehead's keynote on Improving Learning And Practice In The Workplace Through Living Theory Research to a conference at the Institute for Adult Learning Singapore (IAL) on the 11th July 2014

Whitehead, J.(2014) Enhancing Professionalism in Education through the Living-Theories of Practitioner-Researchers. Keynote on 18th June 2014 to a Conference of the Research Institute for Professional Learning in Education (RIPLE) of the University of Cumbria.

Whitehead, J. & Delong J. (2014) Self-study contributions to a history of S-STEP, A presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, 4th April, 2014.

Whitehead, J. (2014) How does the constraining power of education researchers influence the emergence of educational knowledge and theory? A presentation at the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, 6th April, 2014 at a session of the Philosophical Studies in Education SIG on Educational Responses to Epistemological Issues

Programme for British Council sponsored workshop, 11-14 November 2013 in Podgorica, Montenegro, lead by Jack Whitehead on 'Using action research with living educational theories to improve practice and to generate knowledge'.

Powerpoint slides for Dr. Jacqueline Delong's presentation at Japan's Women's University on the 9th November 2013, on 'Lesson Improvement and School Reform through Action Research in Canada.'

Text to support the Powerpoint slides for Dr. Jacqueline Delong's presentation at Japan's Women's University on the 9th November 2013, on 'Lesson Improvement and School Reform through Action Research in Canada.' .

Papers presented at BERA 2013, Jack Whitehead, Je Kan Adler-Collins and Marie Huxtable

Researching Our Own Practice. Colloquium at Liverpool Hope University 25-26 July 2013

Video of Jack Whitehead's presentation on living-educational-theories at Oranim College in Israel, on the 8th July 2013

Video of Jack Whitehead's presentation on multi-media narratives at Oranim College in Israel, on the 8th July 2013

Jack Whitehead's notes for his keynote presentation on "Research and Practice" to the 6th International Conference on Teacher Education, in Israel, on the 4th July 2013, with a 23:35 minute video of his presentation

40:57 minute video of Jack Whitehead’s keynote on action research and living-theory on 30 June 2013, to a Microsoft sponsored seminar organised by HOPE (Help Our People) in Mauritius

Jack Whitehead’s outline schedule, 20-24 MAY 2013, with videos for the 5 day Workshop on Action Research for Teachers, under the Project for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Talented Teachers at the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education of Thailand.

Jack Whitehead's notes and urls for his expert seminar presentation on "Researching one's own practice in transforming educational knowledge with values of common humanity." at Edge Hill University on the 13 May 2013, including access to his 2010 keynote at Edge Hill University to celebrate 125 years in teacher education

Workshop at the inaugural conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas on 2nd May 2013 in San Francisco on 'What could the Action Research Network of the Americas contribute to and learn from the learning of others?'

An international Round Table discussion on Creativity And Criticism In The Growth Of Educational Knowledge From Researching One’s Own Practice. at the inaugural conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas on 2nd May 2013 in San Francisco

Jacqueline Delong, Elizabeth Campbell & Jack Whitehead, with Cathy Griffin on 'How are we creating cultures of inquiry with self-studies that transcend constraints of poverty on empathetic learning? at the American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco on the 28th April 2013.

Elizabeth Campbell, Jacqueline Delong & Cathy Griffin, with Jack Whitehead on 'Action research transcends constraints of poverty in elementary, high school and post-graduate settings' at the American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco on the 29th April 2013

The Living Theory produced by Teachers and Students as a basis for Change and Development. Notes for translation to be presented by Jack Whitehead to a conference on ‘Genuine dialogue on issues of education: Active research: teacher and student as researchers’ in the municipality of Pylaia – Hortiati, Thessaloniki, Greece, on the 26 January 2013.

Programme for above Conference in Thessaloniki 26 January 2013

Mark Potts' Living Citizenship website

What are Co-operative Schools? Frequently asked questions.

Details of the Practitioner-Researcher 2013-14 e-seminar on JISCmail.

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Archives of the Practitioner-Researcher 2013-14 e-seminar on JISCmail.

Developing An International Action Research Continuing Professional Development Project'

Virtual Learning Space for 'Living Values, Improving Practice Co-operatively: Developing An International Action Research Continuing Professional Development Project'

2011-2014 'Transformative Education/al Studies' project in South Africa

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