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ERIC Number: EJ1091616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Learning Networks--Enabling Change through Community Action Research
Bleach, Josephine
Educational Action Research, v24 n1 p21-33 2016
Learning networks are a critical element of ethos of the community action research approach taken by the Early Learning Initiative at the National College of Ireland, a community-based educational initiative in the Dublin Docklands. Key criteria for networking, whether at local, national or international level, are the individual's and organisation's commitment to improving the quality of the service they provide to children and their families along with their ability to work in partnership with others. Having reflected on our learning through these networks, our action research processes are used to generate new knowledge and arrive at satisfactory solutions to local and national issues. In this way, we test theory, policy and practice in real-life conditions and produce regular and systematic evidence for what does and does not work. Our capacity to work together to produce results we truly care about and to dialogue effectively with external stakeholders like government bodies, policy-makers and funders has been enhanced. This article begins by outlining the criteria used before engaging with a learning network, along with the types of networks we are currently involved with and our action research processes. Finally, the benefits and challenges in engaging with these local, national and international learning networks are considered. This article highlights how dynamic conversations with these networks enable us to improve outcomes for children and their families, maintain key local values and ways of working, and yet meet external requirements for evidenced-based programmes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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