Developing critical conversations about practice

In this 1995 article Mark K Smith explores the use of study groups by practitioners to deepen and extend their practice. It looks at how we may transcend individualized responses through building ‘critical communities of enquirers’. contents: preface ·...

Community profiling and neighbourhood statistics

On this page we suggest some basic and quick steps you can take to gather information about about a particular neighbourhood in Britain or Northern Ireland. contents: introduction · quick statistical profile · census material · local authority statistics and other...

Research for practice

Exploring research within and around informal education, community learning and development, and social action Methods and approaches Action research: an introductory guide to the literature. Building theory – the nature of theory and the process of analysis,...

Action research

Action research. In this article we explore the development of some different traditions of action research and provide an introductory guide to the literature. Contents: introduction · origins · the decline and rediscovery of action research · conclusion · further...

Researching education, learning and community: building theory

Researching education, learning and community: building theory. In this piece we examine the process of generating theory. We ask ‘what is theory?’ We also look at the process of analysis, integration and imagination. For the last of these we pay special...

Dialogue and conversation for learning, education and change

Dialogue and conversation  for learning, education and change. ‘Dialogue’, Freire says, ‘is the encounter between men, mediated by the world, in order to name the world’. Here we explore this idea – and its roots. Contents: introduction ·...