The Ideal Practitioner PART ONE: Conversations about transformative practice, teaching, and learning
THIS INITIATIVE IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ACTION RESEARCH JOURNAL (ARJ) AND THE MIDDLEBURY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT MONTEREY (MIIS)
What we’re up to
We wish to help discover, document, and foster conversation about innovative and progressive practices in fields that work to address human and environmental challenges. We wish to highlight stories of methodological innovation by practitioners, teachers and learners who contribute to change processes in ways that help meaningfully surface and shift problematic patterns of interaction. In sharing these stories, our hope is they might have the opportunity to influence practice more broadly.
Why is this needed?
Part of the idea is that some practitioners are doing very innovative and “emancipatory” work, but due to lack of reflective practice, documentation and sharing, neither they nor others learn from their rich experiences. Another part of the story, we contend, is that dominant practice in many fields is highly focused on standardized tools with decontextualized worldviews. Through this conversation we wish to expose ourselves and others to a wider range of practice, that includes critical and transformational use of methodology and engagement, to complement what we see as more technical approaches that dominate many practitioner “toolboxes.”
Share your knowledge
“Busy” practitioners rarely document their knowledge and learning in the form of polished academic pieces or readily sharable reports. At the same time social media and story-based technologies may offer unique opportunities for capturing more of the critical practitioner’s story. By tapping into these channels we hope to highlight alternative knowledge sources, drawing on story and other artistic, more accessible ways of knowing, learning and engaging.
Please share your videos, blogs, art, creative writing, papers, and other expressions of your “practical” knowledge and learning. We will offer light editing and moderation to improve consistency throughout the site.
You can visit the site directly by following this link!
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- Bringing the relational self to ART: Interview with Dr. Yvonne Skipper - October 1, 2020