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ERIC Number: EJ834842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Interactive Research and Joint Learning for Practical Contributions
Holmquist, Mats
Journal of Workplace Learning, v21 n3 p240-251 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine whether universities can find ways to make more practical contributions through collaboration, collective reflection and joint learning. Design/methodology/approach: The approach takes the form of action research and cooperation in three different development networks in Sweden. Data are analyzed by theories on science in society, organizational learning, dialogue and reflection. Findings: Results show that the participants in the networks reduced their insecurity and increased their competence to handle change. The dialogue, exchange of experiences and systematic reflections gave ideas, knowledge and contacts that supported them in their work life and inspired them to take development action. Research limitations/implications: Researchers can contribute to the development process by acting as facilitators and using interactive methods for joint learning. Coming from different cultures and aiming to collaborate under equal and democratic conditions, all involved actors must have an attitude that is humble and free of an assumed prestige. Practical implications: External development networks with university participation can be a useful tool for internal development. Originality/value: Interactive research is a possible way for universities to make practical contributions at work. All academics who work with applied research should consider this approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden