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Interactive research and joint learning for practical contributions
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL), Regional Learning and Governance (RELL).
2009 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, Vol. 21, no 3, 240-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether universities can find ways to make more practical contributions through collaboration, collective reflection and joint learning. Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of action research and cooperation in three different development networks in Sweden. Data are analyzed by theories on science in society, organizational learning, dialogue and reflection. Findings – Results show that the participants in the networks reduced their insecurity and increased their competence to handle change. The dialogue, exchange of experiences and systematic reflections gave ideas, knowledge and contacts that supported them in their work life and inspired them to take development action. Research limitations/implications – Researchers can contribute to the development process by acting as facilitators and using interactive methods for joint learning. Coming from different cultures and aiming to collaborate under equal and democratic conditions, all involved actors must have an attitude that is humble and free of an assumed prestige. Practical implications – External development networks with university participation can be a useful tool for internal development. Originality/value – Interactive research is a possible way for universities to make practical contributions at work. All academics who work with applied research should consider this approach.

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Bingley, West Yorkshire: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2009. Vol. 21, no 3, 240-251 p.
Keyword [en]
Action research, Reflection, Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-14273DOI: 10.1108/13665620910943951Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-69949087479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-14273DiVA: diva2:393043
Available from: 2011-01-28 Created: 2011-01-28 Last updated: 2013-01-15Bibliographically approved

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