Living Theory Group

Free copy of Jack Whitehead's 2018 book on Living Educational Theory (Living Theory) As A Way of 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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Jack Whitehead, Visiting Professor of Education, University of Cumbria, UK. E-mail me at jack@livingtheory.org

What's new in the 2020-21 Academic Year?

Current issue of the Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS), June 2021, 14(1) freely available

LIVING-THEORY-POSTERS of the 24 March 2021

Living Educational Theory Research webinar, Durban University of Technology, 1st October 2021.

Jack Whitehead's successful proposal on "What makes 'educational research' educational in living global citizenship with educational responsibiity?", presented at the 2021 Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association on the 15th September 2021.

Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'Enhancing Professionalism in Education Through Living Educational Theory Research' on the 9th September 2021 to the Association of Teacher Education in Europe, Annual Conference.

Jack Whitehead's and Marie Huxtable's presentation on 'A Living Educational Theory Research approach to continuing educational, professional development on the 10th September 2021 to the Association of Teacher Education in Europe, Annual Conference, with the theme '(Re)imagining & Remaking Teacher Education: Identity, Professionalism and Creativity in a Changed World'.

Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'Teachers as educational professionals contributing their living-educational-theories to the creation of the future', at the SY.N.THE.SI. The Heuristic Teachers’ Society 2021 Conference on ‘An Outlook in the future: Education in 2030 and the role of the Teacher as a Professional.’ 11th September 2021.

Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'A global perspective on leadership in educational research', at the Conference on 'Global Perspectives: Educational Leadership' at the University of Worcester, UK on the 18 June 2021.

Jacqueline Delong's presentation on 'Mentoring for Co-Creating Knowledge in Living Educational Theory Cultures of Inquiry', at the 2021 Action Research Network of the America's (ARNA) Conference on the 18th June 2021 with the theme, ‘Co-creating Knowledge, Empowering Communities’.

Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'Co-Creating Knowledge, Empowering Communities Through Living Educational Theory Research', at the 2021 Action Research Network of the America's (ARNA) Conference on the 18th June 2021 with the theme, ‘Co-creating Knowledge, Empowering Communities’.

Jacqueline Delong's and Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'Educational Knowledge Creation, Preservation & Access In Living Educational Theory Cultures of Inquiry, Through Community Based Participatory Action Research', at the 2021 Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference on the 18th June 2021 with the theme, ‘Co-creating Knowledge, Empowering Communities’.

Marie Huxtable's and Jack Whitehead's presentation on Enhancing your professionalism through Living Educational Theory research. Paper presentation for the online programme of the scientific colloquium for PhD Students with Branko Bognar on the 5th June 2021, in Croatia.

Jack Whitehead's keynote on 'Living Educational Theory Research and the teacher as a professional' to a webinar on 5th June 2021 organised by Sardar Patel University in India

Marie Huxtable's presentation to the 2021 ARNA Conference on the 4th June 2021 on 'The contributions of educational conversations to the flourishing of humanity'

Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'Generating living-educational-theories in enhancing evidence-based educational practitioner, pedagogic research'. Paper for the SOLSTICE/CLT Conference on the 2nd June 2021, 14:00-14:45, held virtually from Edge Hill University, UK.

Lightning Talk at the University of Cumbria on 19 May 2021 on 'A Living Educational Theory research approach to the professional development of educators and educational practitioners.'

Jack Whitehead's and Marie Huxtable's presentation on"Living Educational Theory Research for Sustainable Development' to participants in the Rupantaran Project to increase the quality relevance and sustainability of education in Nepal.

Huxtable, M. & Whitehead, J. (2021) 'Enhancing educational influences in learning with a Living Theory approach to Pedagogical Action Research in Higher Education.' Educational Action Research 29(2); 310-327.

LIVING-THEORY-POSTERS of 2021

Jack Whitehead's introduction to a Froebel Research Seminar at Maynooth University on the 14th April 2021.

Symposium presentations on 10th April at the 2021 Conference of the American Educational Research Association on Accepting Responsibility with Jacqueline Delong (Canada), Jack Whitehead (UK), Shivani Mishra (India), Michelle Vaughan (USA) and Parbati Dhungana (Nepal).

Jack Whitehead's presentation on 'Making Connections with People, Purpose and Place through Living Educational Theory research' at the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, virtual conference 26 March 2021 with the theme, ‘Possibilities in Education: Reimagining connections with People, Purpose and Place.'

LIVING-THEORY-POSTERS of the 24 March 2021

Call for papers for the December 2021 issue of EJOLTS. Deadline for submission 6th June 2021

Virtual conference details on the role of teacher professionalism in creating the future on the 11th September 2021. '

Proposal form for the virtual conference on the role of teacher professionalism in creating the future, on the 11th September 2021.

Enhancing Professionalism with Living Educational Theory research. Jack Whitehead's Keynote slides for the first annual McGill School of Continuing Studies Conference on Action Research in Teaching, 22nd January 2021

Symposium on, ‘Post-professional Identities, ethics and response-ability beyond professional standards’, at the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) Virtual Conference on, ‘Imagining the post-professional: Identity, ethics and response-ability beyond professional standards.’ 28th November 2020.

Paper on The identity, ethics and response-ability of an educator with and beyond professional standards and with values of living-global-citizenship, human flourishing and Living Educational Theory research, at the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) Virtual Conference on, 'Imagining the post-professional: Identity, ethics and response-ability beyond professional standards.' 27th November 2020.

Jacqueline Delong's contribution on 'Raising Voices Using Dialogue As Research Method in Living Theory Cultures of Inquiry', to a 2020 CARN Conference on 'Raised Voices', 25th October 2020

Liz Campbell's contribution on 'Improving our world by raising the voices of action researchers through living-educational-theories', to a 2020 CARN Conference on 'Raised Voices', 25th October 2020.

Jack Whitehead's contribution on 'Improving our world by raising the voices of action researchers through living-educational-theories', to a 2020 CARN Conference on 'Raised Voices', 25th October 2020.

Peter Mellett's, Jack Whitehead's and Marie Huxtable's contribution to a Symposium on 'Educational action research conversations that contribute to the flourishing of humanity' at a 2020 CARN Conference on 'Raised Voices', 25th October 2020.

27th 2020 June Gathering on Living Educational Theory research.

Jack Whitehead speaking on 'A living educational theory approach to action research and pedagogical practice.' A Webinar on 'Action Research on Pandemic Pedagogy' in Malaysia on the 20th June 2020.

24:17 minute video of Jack Whitehead introducing Living Educational Theory research.

Connecting curriculum development, creativity and professional learning through Living Theory research. Jack Whitehead's presentation to the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) conference on 29-30 November 2019 at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

A keynote presentation to the conference on ‘The teacher’s identity and job profile as a professional’ 08th November 2019 in the Melina Merkouri Hall, Athens. Organisers SY.N.TH.E.SI. : The Heuristic Teachers’ Society, Aegean University, Workshop of Psychology.

18 minute video of Jack Whitehead's TEDx talk on Living Educational Theory research at the University of Bolton on the 24 October 2019

Whitehead, J. (2018) Living Theory research as a way of life. Bath; Brown Dog Books

Homepage of The Educational Journal Of Living Theories (EJOLTS).

Open Reviewing, EJOLTS Teams and Community Space of The Educational Journal Of Living Theories.

LIVING-THEORY-POSTERS of the 10 May 2020

THE LIVING THEORY WIKI

Network Educational Action Research Ireland (NEARI)

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Values of the International Co-operative Alliance

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Details of the Practitioner-Researcher 2016-19 e-seminar on JISCmail.

Join or Leave the 2016-19 Practitioner Researcher e-seminar on JISCmail.

Archives of the Practitioner-Researcher 2007-19 e-seminar on JISCmail.

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

The form for Joining or Leaving the Action Research Africa Network (ARAN) on JISCmail

The archives of the Action Research Africa Network (ARAN) on JISCmail

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