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Co-Sponsors: Houston Galveston Institute and Taos Institute

Saliha Bava, PhD July 21, 2012

Series in Relational and Performative Practices for Transformational Change: Collaboration and Dialogue

 Social Constructionist perspective of research or

Inquiry  How is the construct of self related to y/our practice or

the research process?  Adding another optional learning space: pick one or

both  Conversation with a practitioner  Mindful practice of relational thinking

 What else would you like to discuss? Saliha Bava, PhD


 Understanding Self as a construct  Self is constructed relationally  Self is inclusive of I and we; aim is not to dichotomize  Varied notions of self; yet all are constructs & ask

what is useful & to whom?  Focus is on how it is constructed in language & what it creates  Mental processes which are traditionally seen as internal, are social by the very nature of how they came to be made internal Saliha Bava, PhD


Rather than confront situations attempting to find the best solution or path, we turn our attention to the various ways in which participants enter into the conversation and how these various ways open multiple possibilities for action. - McNamee, 2000 …and which of these possibilities are useful & for whom? …and how do we engage in these conversation… Saliha Bava, PhD


 Gergen, K & Gergen, M.( 2003)

 Crisis of validity  Responses by methodological innovations: reflexivity, multiple voicing, literary representation, and performance  Rights of representation: Whose representation  The place of the political: Method is not separate

from ideology  Responses: conceptual and methodological explorations of

polyvocality Saliha Bava, PhD


There are two primary implications 1. How is the activity of research/inquiry viewed? 2. What is central to research/inquiry when designed from with a constructionist view?

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Research/inquiry is a… practice and a social construct social reality crafted in relational engagement performance of contextualized practices and knowings performative activity: a formative action of what is being constructed, ie not representational but being constituted/made into “reality”  politically engaged activity: is seeking legitimization or is legitimized by communal consensus of a knowledge community (community of practice/meaning=authority)  process in which attention is “directed to the particular modes of interpretation and action by which people create their worlds” (McNamee, 2000)    

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 Epistemological  All research is socially constructing relational realities  We are located in multiple discourse practices or communities of

practice/meaning  Focus on how ie forms of interaction  Working assumption is co-construction ie relational engagement  Ontological  In language we construct research process and results (social &

internal life)  Methodological  Unit of analysis as a construction is social  Examine ways of talking, acting, creating together, and /or what’s

created by whom  Meaning making is situationally located Saliha Bava, PhD


ď‚— Collaboration is not a goal but a possibility ď‚— Self as social is not the end but an alternate path, a

process of becoming

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ď‚— As a researcher, please reflective on what, if any,

are collaborative elements in your inquiry. ď‚— How is everyday life an inquiry or what aspects of

everyday life is inquiry?

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Readings  McNamee (1994)

Research/Inquiry…  is situated historically, socially, and culturally  as a construction of social life/reality  as a social intervention  is a collaborative interchange with others within which ethics is emergent Saliha Bava, PhD


 Gehart, D., Tarragona, M., & Bava, S. (2007)

 One form of constructionist inquiry  Along a continuum, collaborative to non-collaborative,

we will explore  Philosophical orientation  Researcher’s positioning  Research Process

 Pragmatics of collaborative inquiry

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Readings  McNamee (2000)

Research/Inquiry is…  situated historically, socially, and culturally  social poetics: discursive resources within relationships  an improvised activity/imaginative: is located in what people create together  challenges in construction rather than as objects or problems to be solved, managed, and planned  pragmatics of social poetics Saliha Bava, PhD


Over the next month, as we discuss, I invite you to ref lect using the following prompts‌

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 Reflect on your own values  What are participant and other shareholder values?  How do your values intersect with your

participants’/shareholder values?  What do you center in your research process?  Where do you experience tensionality?  How do you design with in-tensionality and tensionality?

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Few Select Questions for Reflection:  What is your history in relationship to the topic?  What practice/knowledge communities shape your ideas on the topic?  How to be multi-vocal with the various communities of practices that you engage within your research landscape?  How do you dance with what is considered the dominant discourse within your area of inquiry?  How are you dancing with the contextual & discursive within your inquiry?  How do you do the dance of “withness?” and with whom? When? & Where? Saliha Bava, PhD


Collaborative Inquiry  

A presentation on Collaborative Inquiry from a workshop series on Relational and Performative Practices.

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