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Implementing Values through Community Action Research

Bleach, Margaret, J. (2011) Implementing Values through Community Action Research. In: Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, An International Conference, 1-2 June 2011, York St John University, UK.

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Abstract

The Early Learning Initiative is a community-based educational initiative aimed at addressing educational disadvantage through the provision of an integrated programme for children, their parents and families, and educators from early years up to third level. Acknowledging, respecting and utilising the expertise and experience within the local families and communities is part of our ethos. We operate as a partnership where all are committed to involving the whole community in actively supporting and planning for the best possible education for children both at home and at school (Bleach 2010).

A community action research approach, which creates a learning community that works together to 'nurture and sustain a knowledge-creating system', based on valuing equally each other, is used (Senge and Scharmer 2001, 240). The action reflection cycle of observe, reflect, act, evaluate, and modify (McNiff and Whitehead 2006) informs the development of our programmes and ensured that plans are implemented. Learning networks (NCSL 2002), reflective practice and 'dynamic conversations' (Schön 1983) are key elements

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abstract only. Full text not available from this repository.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Early childhood education
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 08:15
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2014 12:49
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1139

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