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Living Educational Theory Research
Why bother? I believe most people want to flourish - not just survive but to flourish. 'Flourish' for me communicates the warm feeling of satisfaction someone gets when they feel they are living according to their values and helping others to do so too. I also believe that most people that sense of 'flourishing' includes feeling they are contributing to a world where humanity can flourish - their own humanity, the humanity of others and the flourishing of Humanity as a species. Living Educational Theory Research can provide a way of developing their contribution.
As a professional practitioner I accept responsibility for researching to improve my ethical practice - and helping others to do so too by making public accounts of my research.
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Jack Whitehead brought Living Educational Theory research into existence during the 1980's as a lecturer in the University of Bath, UK. Since then it has been taken up worldwide is now an established educational practitioner research paradigm and methodology.
A few landmarks and resources as a starter
- Whitehead, J. (1989) Creating a living educational theory from questions of the kind, "How do I improve my practice?'. Cambridge Journal of Education, 19(1); 41-52.
- Whitehead, J. (1993) The Growth of Educational Knowledge. Creating Your Own Living Educational Theories. Originally published by Hyde publications in 1993
- EJOLTs (the Educational Journal of Living Theories) is an international peer review academic online journal established in 2008.
- Whitehead, J. (2018) Living Theory research as a way of life. Bath, Brown Dog Books. Order hardcopies from your favourite online bookshop.
- The first International Living Educational Theory Research Conference was held 2020.
- The global community of researchers is growing; some of whom can be found on the living-posters homepage.
- There is a Living Educational Theory research FaceBook Group and a Wiki of Living Educational Theory
- Jack's own website has a wealth of resources including many papers, Masters and Doctoral research and links to many other sites.
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