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ERIC Number: EJ809722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Professional Knowledge Formation and Organisational Capacity-Building in ACE: Lessons from the Victorian Research Circles
McIntyre, John
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v48 n2 p213-236 Jul 2008
The national reform agenda of the Council of Australian Governments challenges community education agencies to contribute to its goals and raises questions about their capacity to do so. It is crucial to define the conditions that are necessary to develop the capability of adult and community education (ACE) organisations to play a broader social and economic role. These include not only policy frameworks underwritten by strategic research, but the engagement of practitioners and organisations. The recent development in Victoria of Circles of Professional Research Practice, a form of participatory action research designed to promote such an engagement by ACE organisations, is analysed, drawing on material from an evaluation of the Circles intended to capture the experience, document its outcomes and recommend on its future applications. The article reviews the rationale of the Research Circles, describes aspects of their operation and analyses the factors creating conditions favourable to professional knowledge formation and organisational capacity-building. In doing so, the Research Circles are theorised as a "negotiable space" constructed at the intersection of policy, research and practice, drawing out implications for capacity-building in Australian community education and training organisations. (Contains 2 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia