Summary of the Practice of Co-Operative Inquiry: Research ´with´ Rather Than ´on´ People

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The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry: Research ´with´ rather than ´on´ People (Heron & Reason)

Table of contents

1Introduction to co-operative inquiry1
2Four phases of co-operative inquiry1
3Different forms of co-operative inquiry2
4Co-operative inquiry cultures2
5Ways of knowing2
6Inquiry skills and validity procedures2
7Words and questions3

Introduction to co-operative inquiry
The article “The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry: Research ´with´ rather than ´on´ People” by Heron & Reason characterizes co-operative inquiry as a way of working with people with similar interests and concerns as you in order to: * understand your world

* make sense of your life
* develop new, creative ways of looking at things
* to learn how to act in order to change things
* and learn how to do things better
The features of co-operative inquiry include e.g.
* research done with people, rather than on people
* not just books but practical thinking of researchers, creative action of people involved * there is a co-operative relationship between researcher and subjects under study – each work as co-researchers and co-subjects * interplay between reflection/making sense & experience/action * primary procedure is to use inquiry cycles, moving several times between the four phases of reflection/action to increase validity of the inquiry

Four phases of co-operative inquiry
In phase 1 a group of researchers decide the focus of inquiry and develop a set of questions /propositions they wish to investigate. They plan a method for exploring the idea in action through practical experience. Finally they agree a set of procedures for gathering and recording data from the experience. (E.g. a diary or video) In phase 2 co-researchers become also co-subjects as they engage in actions agreed on. They observe and record the process and outcomes of their own but also other’s action and...
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