Values

We want to share with you our understanding of Love, Beauty, Truth, Goodness, Freedom, Democracy, Material Security, Compassion, Forms of Knowledge, Systematic Enquiry, Political Participation, Economic Well-Being and Employment, and Use Value, as Educational Standards of Judgement. These educational standards are evolving in our life and work and we are inviting you to share in the evolution of their meanings as we strive to understand them better, to develop them, to learn from them, and to live them more fully in our relationships and productive work.

We feel good in being together. This isn't said lightly. This experience of feeling at one with ourselves when we are together is what we mean when we say that we share a sense of community. This does not mean that we do not sometimes experience tension and some discord. In our work together we recognise each other as unique individuals each with our own personal and educational enquiries. Whilst respecting the uniqueness and integrity of each other we share a concern to understand the nature of the educational standards of judgement which we use to validate and legitimate each others' contributions to educational knowledge and educational theory. We also wish to understand and participate in the politics of educational knowledge as we enquire into the possibility of gaining academic legitimacy for these standards of judgement in the Academy.

Like Plato we are influenced by Socrates' notion of the art of the dialectician in holding both our syntheses (the One) together with our analyses (the Many). We understand that western epistemologies have emphasised the analytic pole of dialectic in claims to knowledge and that it is only recently that efforts to legitimate holistic claims to knowledge are being rewarded with legitimacy in Western Academies. We see ourselves as attempting to hold both the One and Many together in the sense that as individual and community enquirers we wish to experience wholeness in our knowing. This is not to deny the importance of our analytic and critical capacities. We recognise the importance of exercising these capacities in understanding the ideas of others and in judging the validity of their ideas and our own.

What we want to explore is the possibility of developing new educational standards of judgement for validating and legitimating claims to educational knowledge. We want to stress that we do not believe that these are new standards in relation to what good teachers do in their educative relationships with their students and pupils. We do believe that some of these standards, or values, have not been recognised or understood in the criteria used to validate and legitimate claims to educational knowledge within the Academy. We are sharing our accounts through the internet as part of our commitment to public and democratic accountability. We believe that education is a power for good in the world and that every individual's living educational theory can contribute to improving the world.

We are inviting you to share our concern with living our values as fully as we can in our lives and work. This does not mean that we are asking you to accept our values. Indeed we hope that where you think them inappropriate or too limited you help us to understand how we might develop them. We would welcome your help as we account for ourselves. We hope that you will feel moved to share with us your strategies for living your values as fully as you can in your life and work. Peter Mellett, Moira Laidlaw and Jack Whitehead


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pdf Graham Lloyds (2009) MA Dissertation, 'WHO I AM AS AN EDUCATOR IN MY TEACHING & LEARNING: A contribution to educational knowledge.'
pdf Lynn Attwood's (2007) MA Dissertation, 'AN EVALUATION OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS AND ITS IMPACT ON FAMILIES AND WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS'. National winner of the Erika Lovelady Prize awarded by the International Professional Development Association.
doc Lynn Attwood's (2007) MA Dissertation, 'AN EVALUATION OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS AND ITS IMPACT ON FAMILIES AND WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS'. National winner of the Erika Lovelady Prize awarded by the International Professional Development Association.
pdf Peggy Leong's (2004) presentation on Embarking on a Learning Journey: Developing the PEPP&ER Framework for Action Research to the INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING, Jointly organized by the Office of the Vocational Education Commission Ministry of Education, Thailand, The Federation of Private Vocational Schools of Thailand & UNESCO, 13 14 Aug 2004. Peggy is Manager of the Academy of Best Learning in Education (ABLE) of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore.
html Jack Whitehead's (2004) ENGAGING WITH ECONOMIC THEORIES IN THE CREATION OF LIVING EDUCATIONAL THEORIES
pdf Samuel Veissiere (2004) Expanding Circles: A Dialectical approach to the intellectual's dilemma
html Keynote address by Jackie Delong on, Action Research Implemented in The Grand Erie District School Board: Impact on Teacher Development, Improvement and the Support System. Keynote presented to the Japanese Association of Educators for Human Development on the 29th February, 2004.
html Jill Burton's draft keynote address - Seeking the Standard - to be presented at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute's 5th international conference in Bangkok, December, 2003.
html Jean McNiff's paper for an invitational seminar at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, on 10th November 2003 - How do we develop a twenty-first Century knowledge base for the teaching profession in South Africa? How do we communicate our passion for learning?
html Joan Whitehead's Keynote address to the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers Annual Conference 3rd-4th October 2003, Dunchurch. The Future of Teaching and Teaching in the Future: a vision of the future of the profession of teaching - Making the Possible Probable.
word Ceri William's notes on Systematic Transplantation for the educational conversation on Monday 5th May 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
word Tim Small's paper (1.5 pages) on Transforming Schools for the educational conversation on Monday 5th May 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
word Paul Murray's paper (11 pages) on Iraq, Utter Humiliation and Hypocrisy: A reflective contribution to the Practice of Co-Enquiring in the Bath University Educational Action Research Community for the educational conversation on Monday 5th May 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
html Alan Rayner's Lecture for 1st May 2003 on Rationality and Inclusionality - The "Outs" and "Ins" of Biological and Other Science, for the educational conversation on Monday 7th April 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
word Alan Rayner's ideas on Compassion in Place of Strife: The Future of Human Relationships, for the educational conversation on Monday 7th April 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
word Mary Anstey's notes on Thinking about Iraq in a RC comprehensive School, for the educational conversation on Monday 7th April 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
word Carrie Milsom's Prologue for her Dissertation Touch, for the educational conversation on Monday 7th April 2003 1WN 3.8, Dept. of Education at the University of Bath.
word Jack Whitehead's notes for a workshop on Perspectives on Spirituality in the Graduate School of Education of the University of Bristol on 19th March, 2003.
word Sarah Fletcher's contribution: An explanation of my learning in educational interaction, for the Monday evening conversation on the 17th March 2003.
word Moira Laidlaw's contribution for the conversation on Monday 3rd March 2003, 5.00-7.00 1WN 3.8, University of Bath.
word Sada Daoud's contribution for the conversation on Monday 3rd March 2003.
word Mary Anstey's contribution for the conversation on Monday 3rd March 2003
word Tim Murithi's paper on Ubuntu for the conversation on Monday 3rd March 2003.
word Jean McNiff's letter to Jack Whitehead of the 9/01/03 as a contribution to a conversation on Paul Murray's question to Jack: Where is the evidence of the critical engagement with the ideas of critical race theorists, critical non-racial theorists and post-colonial theorists in the formation of the identities and practices of individuals you are working with? Where is the evidence of your influence in respect of alerting them to enhancing the quality of their work by making themselves familiar with these epistemologies? (Why should you/they when they can get their PhDs/do their AR writing without making reference to their critical knowledge?)
pdf Mary Lynn Hamilton on Living our contradictions: Caught between our words and actions around social justice - from The School Field, Vol. XII, No. 3/4, pp. 19-31. Jack will be drawing insights from this paper together with the above responses from Jean, in the Monday evening conversation on the 20th Jan. 2003, with Paul Roberts and others in the group.
word Mo Griffiths on Social justice for education: What kind of theory is needed? from - The School Field, Vol. XII, No. 1/2, pp. 25-41. Jack will be drawing insights from this paper together with the above responses from Jean, in the Monday evening conversation on the 20th Jan. 2003, with Paul Roberts and others in the group.
word Tim Small's Keynote address on Discipline and Spirituality, for the Norfolk Association of Secondary Deputy Headteachers Annual Conference - 28th Nov. 2002.
pdf word Mark Potts' educational enquiry, masters module on, How can I use my own values and my experience of schools in South Africa to influence my own education and the education of others? - September, 2002
word MOIRA LAIDLAW'S ACTION PLAN FOR HER SECOND YEAR ON VSO AT GUYUAN TEACHER'S COLLEGE, CHINA
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PARTICIPATION, RELATIONSHIPS AND DYNAMIC CHANGE: New thinking on evaluating the work of international networks
Madeline Church Mark Bitel, Kathleen Armstrong, Priyanthi Fernando, Helen Gould, Sally Joss, Manisha Marwaha-Diedrich, Ana Laura de la Torre, Claudy Vouhe

A Development Planning Unit Project University College London - supported by the USCOR committee Department of International Development.

word How can I promote sustainable development at Guyuan Teachers College in my work as a VSO volunteer? - by Dr. Moira Laidlaw, June 2002. In memory of Martin Dobson , Department of Education, Bath University.
word html LETTER TO MPs - ACCOUNTING FOR YOURSELVES AND TO US AS YOU LEARN TO LIVE YOUR VALUES OF HUMANITY
word Draft paper of 11th June, 2002, for discussion on Transforming embodied values of humanity into educational standards of judgement for use in creating a new disciplines approach to educational theory.
html word Ian Phillip's story on Create Your Own Dance - Ian is a member of CARPP7.
word html Chris Kay's introductory notes on his master's dissertation enquiry - You can work alongside Chris in his Conference Forum at http://www.actionresarch.net
word Jacqui Scholes-Rhodes writings to respond to her invitation to help her with the present phase of her doctoral enquiry into sustaining dialogue with others.
word Marian Naidoo's writings for the Monday evening conversation on 14th Jan. 2002, 5.00-7.00 1WN 3.8 Department of Education, University of Bath. The writings start with Marian's 'beginning to learn' vignettes and the final page, page 8 is a draft abstract of Marian's Ph.D. enquiry.)
word Moira Laidlaw's paper 'As a Voluntary Services Overseas volunteer, how can I improve the quality of my educational development-work as a Methodology teacher with Grade Three students at Guyuan Teachers College in The People's Republic of China?
pdf Geoff Suderman-Gladwell's M.Ed. Dissertation on 'The Ethics of Personal Subjective Narrative Research'. This is to support a discussion on the ethics of practitioner research. Geoff graduated from Brock University, Ontario, on 20th October 2001 along with 14 colleagues in the Grand Erie District School Board/Brock University, masters programme partnership.
mov 85.8 MB video-clip of Jackie Delong responding as a member of an international panel to a question on supporting networks of teacher-researchers at the International Conference of Teacher Research in Vancouver, April 2001

This is to support a discussion on the nature of living educational standards of practice in relation to a global tendency to produce lists of linguistic statements to represent professional standards of practice - WARNING - DO TAKE NOTE OF THE SIZE OF THIS FILE. IT TOOK 7 SECONDS TO UPLOAD ON MY 100 BASE-T SYSTEM AT WORK BUT USING MY MODEM AT HOME IT COULD HAVE TAKEN OVER 60 MINUTES.
mov 25 MB video-clip of Paul Murray on Values and Story at AERA 2000 in New Orleans
This is to support the S-SSTEP Discussion of August 2001 - WARNING - DO TAKE NOTE OF THE SIZE OF THIS FILE. IT TOOK 5 SECONDS TO UPLOAD ON MY 100 BASE-T SYSTEM AT WORK BUT USING MY MODEM AT HOME IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN 40 MINUTES.
mov 20.07 Mb video-clip of Terri Austin receiving her Doctoral Degree from the Chancellor of Bath University on 4th July 2001

This is to support the S-SSTEP Discussion of August 2001 - WARNING - DO TAKE NOTE OF THE SIZE OF THIS FILE. IT TOOK 4 SECONDS TO UPLOAD ON MY 100 BASE-T SYSTEM AT WORK BUT USING MY MODEM AT HOME IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER 30 MINUTES.
mov 18.07 Mb video-clip of James Finnegan receiving his Doctoral Degree from the Chancellor of the University on 4th July 2001
This is to support the S-SSTEP Discussion of August 2001 - WARNING - DO TAKE NOTE OF THE SIZE OF THIS FILE. IT TOOK 5 SECONDS TO UPLOAD ON MY 100 BASE-T SYSTEM AT WORK BUT USING MY MODEM AT HOME IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER 30 MINUTES.
word Love in Organisation by Eleanor Lohr. A transfer paper from the M.Phil. to the Ph.D. phase of her action research programme.
rtf Elaine Fernandez's paper on Participatory Inquiry in Health Care for discussion in the 1st Dec. 2000, Workshop in the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice
word Mary Hartog's Draft Ph.D. Abstract - 'Finding Voice in the Academy' for discussion in the 1st Dec. 2000, Workshop in the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice
word Judy Ryde's discussion paper 'An Exploration of my Values-in-Action in Working Towards Cultural Diversity in a Psychotherapy Organisation, for the CARPP Workshop on the 1st December 2000
word Anna Dufty's Educational Standards of Judgement for her Dissertation Enquiry at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, U.K.
word Robyn Pound's paper on methododogy for discussion at the seminar on 23rd October 2000 in the Department of Education at Bath. This is part of her action research enquiry, 'How do I improve my health visiting practice supporting developing family relationships?
mov The video-clip of Geoff Suderman-Gladwell responding the Jack Whitehead and expressing his living standards of practice in his educative relationship with his students. This clip was made on the 13 May 2000 during a session on action research from the Masters degree programme of Brock University ( a partnership programme with the Grand Erie District School Board in Ontario).
word The paper by Jackie Delong, Superintendent of Schools in the Grand Erie District Board of Ontario, on 'How do I explain my educative influence?'. Paper prepared for presentation at the Third International Conference of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices, Special Interest Group of AERA, Herstmonceaux Castle, England. July 2000
word Moira Laidlaw's paper,'In loco parentis with Sally, a matter of fairness and love'.Paper A in the Chat Room
word Moira Laidlaw's paper,'Accounting for an improvement in the quality of my provision for some Equal Opportunities issues within my English teaching, 1997-8'.Paper B in the Chat Room
word Moira Laidlaw's paper,'How can I continue to improve the quality of my provision of particular Equal Opportunities values in my teaching of English to a Year Eight group? '. 2 May, 2000
word Moira Laidlaw's paper,'In the last months of my employment at Oldfield School, how can I help 8X to enhance their sense of community, as I assist them in improving the quality of their learning about English? by Dr. Moira Laidlaw Draft,'.4 March 2001
word Moira Laidlaw's final paper for action researchers in the Department of Education of the University of Bath, before her voluntary service overseas in China begins in August 2001.
word Peter Mellett's review process on educational action research and research-based professionalism
htm Peter Mellett's review process on educational action research and research-based professionalism
pdf Peter Mellett's review process on educational action research and research-based professionalism
word Pat D'arcy's response to Key Stage 2 testing in English - issues of validity
html Ben Cunningham's 1995 paper on Spiritual Qualities
html Ben Cunningham's 1997 CARN paper onSpiritual Qualities in his claims to Educational Knowledge
html Moira's, Jack's and Peter's paper on Living Educational Theory