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Cooper B, Pickering, M. (2008) Dialogues in Widening Participation. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, Vol 1, Issue 3

Resource author

Barry Cooper (OU) and Maggie Pickering

Resource type

Papers

Description

This paper explores some of the research processes and outcomes that emerged from the first stage of the investigation into a widening participation initiative for professional training into social work in the UK. Programme evaluation is a complex and multi-faceted undertaking that often highlights the research dilemmas of 'methods and mess'. The journey from planned structure to messy real-life realities and back to re-focused intervention and dialogue can be both a frustrating and a rewarding aspect of research into educational experiences. In this example, the progressive refinement of aims led to the re-discovery of Personal Construct Psychology as an empowering and dialogic method par excellence.
The paper was produced following work on the PBPL funded project OU and UNISON Learning Partnership Route to social work degree qualification.

Documents

 Teaching and Learning Journal, Vol 1, Issue 3 Widening Participation. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, Vol 1, Issue 3

Date added

26th Mar 2008