For the Monday group and an invitation to colleagues;



5.00-7.00 1WN 3.17 26th February 2007


After we've caught up with each others' news of the week Margarida is going to share her ideas on proprioception in a video-taped presentation for some 7-8 minutes. This will give us an opportunity to evaluate her presentation from the 29th January with this one on the 26th February.  Then we can focus on Moira's reflections as she moves between her five and a half years on Voluntary Service Overseas and working as Professor For Life at Ningxia Teachers University. During her period on VSO Moira received the most prestigious Friend of China award from Premier Wen Jiabao.  You can access Moira's reflections 'From Supervision To Supervisor' at:


Je Kan's first complete draft of his thesis is now available for responses at:


Bearing in mind that the criteria used in examining doctoral theses at Bath include originality of mind and critical judgment, extent and merit of the work and matter worthy of publication, I think that it might be most helpful to Je Kan to focus on the clarity of the connection between his Abstract and the way the thesis unfolds in communicating the meanings of his living standards of judgment.


As we continue to explore the implications of Alan's expression of inclusionality for the educational knowledge we are generating as practitioner-researchers I'm wondering if you would like to focus some of our conversation on what constitutes world leading standards of judgment for evaluating the quality/validity of this educational knowledge.


Here is a posting from this week's contribution to the BERA Practitioner-Researcher SIG e-seminar on standards of judgment with the question I've got in mind for our conversation:


From: edsajw@BATH.AC.UK

Subject: Re: Research based practice

Date: 18 February 2007 13:07:39 GMT




Dear All - a thought just came to me during my morning swim in the University pool. I suddenly felt that I understood a difference between Margaret's research and my own in terms of the criteria we are working on of world leading, internationally excellent, internationally recognised and/or nationally recognised in relation to the originality, significance and rigour of the knowledge created by the practitioner researcher. The difference is that Margaret's knowledge-creation is world leading and mine is internationally recognised. The difference is that Margaret has shown how an organisation can be influenced systemically to enable practitioner-researchers to generate their own living educational theories.  So, not only has Margaret shown how she has integrated ideas from my own research, from Jean's research and from O Donahue's research, amongst others, in her own original contributions. Margaret has also shown how to influence the systemic education of a social formation (see  I think Jacqueline Delong has made a similar contribution in explaining how to form and sustain a culture of inquiry to support practitioner-research (see  Prof. Judi Marshall's paper on living systemic thinking has helped me to articulate why I'm thinking Margaret's knowledge-creation is world leading. You can access Judi's paper in Action Research Vol.2 (3) Summer 2004 pp. 309-329 or access it directly from


How does this sound - to be world leading as distinct from internationally recognised or internationally excellent, the practitioner knowledge-creator must explain their systemic influence in an organisation in a way that forms and sustains a culture of educational enquiry and that supports individual practitioners in generating and testing their own living theories?


I'm suggesting that Moira has the opportunity to contribute to this world leading educational research through her systemic influence in enabling Chinese action researchers to create their own living educational theories with Chinese characteristics.


Looking forward to our conversation,


Love Jack.