Translating close-up research into action : a critical reflection

CLEGG, Sue, STEVENSON, Jacqueline and BURKE, Penny-Jane (2016). Translating close-up research into action : a critical reflection. Reflective Practice, 17 (3), 233-144.

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This paper argues that simple dissemination models do not work. One of the strengths of close-up research, with its emphasis on depth and understanding, is that it can identify why things are as they are and by extension when we identify wrongs seek to challenge them. The paper suggests, however, that making a difference is fraught with contradictions and that the translation from research to action is far from straight forward. We illustrate these tensions by reflecting on our experiences of conducting four projects for the UK Higher Education Academy. At the same time as exploring the slippages of translation and loss of criticality, however, we want to defend notion of praxis as theoretically informed change for critical social purposes. This involves a view of making a difference and research that moves beyond thinking of research as a discrete act and invokes the significance of corporate agency and the possibilities of acting collectively.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/14623943.2016.1145580
Depositing User: Jacqueline Stevenson
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 11:41
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2016 21:11

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