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Tensions in communication – Teachers and academic facilitators in a critical friendship
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS), Lärande, Profession och Samhällsutveckling.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0965-8805
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS), Lärande, Profession och Samhällsutveckling.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2953-8686
Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Action Research, ISSN 1476-7503, E-ISSN 1741-2617Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper concerns the complex relationships between external facilitators and tea- chers in action research, as they work in a critical friendship to develop interaction in specific ways that open up rather than shut down communication and learning. The aim is to contribute with knowledge about interpersonal communication between academic facilitators and teachers in a development process where the teachers had a lack of influence in the initial phase of the project. The findings reveal that communication in a context of incompatible positions and professional distance did not lead to further communication, whereas communication in a context of confidence, mutual reliance, and challenge opened up possibilities for further dialogue. We identified three aspects affecting communication: absence of ownership of specific problems, trust without relationship, and courage before trust. Implication for the action research community is the importance of making strategies for critical friendship explicit. This assists for teachers to internalize the role. © The Author(s) 2016

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London: Sage Publications, 2016.
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Critical friendship, courage, ownership, shadowing, trust, academic facilitator
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29878DOI: 10.1177/1476750316660365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-29878DiVA: diva2:876504
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-5953
Available from: 2015-12-03 Created: 2015-12-03 Last updated: 2017-06-02

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