For the Monday Group and invitation to colleagues.

 

5.00-7.00 1WN 3.8 Monday 24th January 2005.

 

Because of the ending of Monday's conversation on the 17th Jan. with Joao talking about the importance of touch in giving sensory support, Margarida's passion for pleasure in learning and with Ken's explorations of the importance of dance in communication, I thought we might return to this conversation with the further stimulus of an e-mail from Erica

 

"Jack,

I have tried to understand this word 'inclusionality' but am finding it hard. And what is this 'inclusional meaning of living standards of judgement'? I would not wish to disappoint you with my limited understanding but I have always found that debate inpenetrable.

 

I do know what I'd like inclusion to involve - and it's the way you work with me ( and I know with many others).You offer acceptance of me for what I am and push at the boundaries of what I could become.You accept ideas, puzzlement and confusion from me as part of a process of me coming to understand but the understanding reached seems always a new understanding for us both. I think I've seen our work as collaborative parallelism ( I made that phrase up!)

 

As an aside I saw a TV programme last night of an English explorer in New Guinea who spent some time with a tribe who were accepting of cannablism. What was intriguing was the way 2 of the men in the tribe and the explorer communicated/ explored their relationship through touch, laughter and a genuine desire to share and understand their humanity - the generosity, care and acceptance of each other was facinating. Although they were often without an interpreter they showed understanding through loud chanting, dancing, laughing, teasing, sharing and hugging. They showed an acceptance of each other and a delight in coming to know each other. Perhaps inclusion could also mean understanding what binds us while accepting what separates us. But does it depend on good intent/ shared values?"

 

I'm hoping that the third phase of my life-long research programme into the growth of my educational knowledge on Living Inclusionality 2005 – To Death? Developing the dynamic boundaries of living standards of judgement in educational enquiries of the kind,'How do I improve what I am doing?'  will go some way to answering Erica"s question about inclusional meanings of living standards of judgement.

(see http://www.jackwhitehead.com/jwartl141015weba.htm )

 

Jean, Alan, Jackie, Paulus, Erica, Moira, Maggie, Mary, Je Kan, James, Marian, Ram and Eleanor - as I'm making a claim to have co-created inclusional meanings of living standards of educational judgement through your educational influence in my learning, it would be good to hear if you think I'm on the inside of your meanings!

Working in the spirit of inclusionality means it would be good to hear your voices with mine in the paper (don't hesitate to suggest I replace or add to what I'm saying by something you think is better – see Moira's addition of the picture of the Mother and Child in China and Eleanor's piece on love that I used to point out one of my 'core blindnesses')

 

There's a Reading Group in the Department of Education, convened by our new Prof. Harry Daniels. A paper is circulated and then we get together to explore the meanings. It's a great way to share ideas, keep up to date with our thinking and develop our critical evaluations of the ideas of others (and our own) in relation to our work as educational researchers. Yesterday's paper was Ole Dreier's (1999) Paper on Personal Trajectories of Participation across Contexts of Social Practice. Outlines. 1 (1), 5-32. Retrieved 20th Jan. 2005 from

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=cache:NmrehJn5AMIJ:www.cmr.fu-berlin.de/~ines/courses/lv03ws/Dreier.PDF+dreier+trajectories&hl=en

 

As we bring our critiques of each others' ideas and the ideas of others into our conversations we could strengthen what Pat D'Arcy has always emphasized. That is the capacity to make aesthetically engaged and appreciate responses to each others' accounts. I've worked on this in my response to Ole Dreier's paper at:

http://www.jackwhitehead.com/jwrestoDreier.htm

 

You might like to do the same. I did like what Dreier writes about 'stances' and I can see the development of inclusional meanings of living standards of judgement as the development of a 'stance'.  I found myself wondering if Dreier's acceptance of  his conceptualisations of 'subject' and 'social practice' as unproblematic norms in his discourse created a 'core blindness' that could prevent him from seeing the significance of the heuristic of human existence for a theory of the person being developed by Alon in his doctoral enquiry.

 

Very good news from Cheryl. Her paper from her AERA 03 presentation is due to be published by Reflective Practice in February 2005.

 

Mary's been very busy since her graduation last July and her news is that:

 

"I noticed that Paulus is doing work on diversity, and you may recall that I

have also done some work in this area around student learning with

colleagues at Middlesex. Infact, we took a paper to the Knowledge Management

conference at Greenwich in the summer. It has been accepted for publication

in a Knowledge Management (refereed) Journal, and we have just rejigged it.

I to will be published later this year.  I attach for your information a

copy of the paper that we have submitted.

 

I have also sent a paper into Reflective Practice for consideration for the

Special Issue for May 2005. The Special Issues has arisen from last summers

conference proceedings, and Tony is proposing to include around 20 short

papers.  As I wasn't a presenter but a participant, I think I may have to

stand in line.  However, the paper is on working with memoir to facilitate

rationality and justice in our work, as a vehicle for reflection, and I have

drawn in the use of the Belenky framework as a second level of reflection

for this work. It is a short piece circa 2,500 words, see attached. I will

let you know if it gets accepted. If not, I will try again with a longer

piece.  I am still waiting to hear from Ashgate about the proposal to

publish my thesis.  They have said in principle they are interested and have

sent out the WWK chapter to a reviewer."

 

Mark Williams is connecting our Monday evening conversations with the VisionSpace action research group he is convening from Edith Cowan University and I'll add whatever I receive from this Australian group in the What's New Section of http://www.actionresearch.net .

 

After we've caught up with each others news do let's start with Erica's letter.

 

Love Jack.