Reflection – Valerie Louis
In my post last week I wrote about graduation. And now I find myself in a place of not-knowing. I have no idea what is next. Some days I stress and other days I go with the flow. Today I looked at this not-knowing time as the time in action research that is exciting, engaging, and yes…unnerving. In action research, not knowing often means I am on the right track. The messiness and the chaos means I am in partnership – letting the process unfold – usually into something far better than I could imagine (Brydon-Miller, Greenwood & Maguire, 2003). So I have been taking this in-between time as a time to reflect and clarify goals for myself. So for now, I guess my life is my action research project. Reason spoke of AR as a spiritual practice – something I deeply resonate with. In this time of reflection, I hope to gain insight into what is important to me as a researcher, educator, student, and citizen. I have plans of making lists – dreams for the immediate future and for the long term. I have recognized that I want to travel back to my roots of feminist theory and methodology and explore further the connections to AR. I want to develop my use of AR in the classroom. I also want to explore in more detail what it means for me to be an interdisciplinary researcher and thinker in a job market that seems so discipline specific.
I see this time of reflection also filled with much action – including reading and writing. One of the lists I plan to make is a reading list. I would love to hear from you the readings (from all disciplines, fiction, non-fiction, poetry) that influenced your understanding and journey with action research. I would also be interested in hearing how AR guides your life – in the community, the classroom, and at home.