Action Research SIG report 2017
The SIG coordinated one main event as follows:
Faculty Forum and workshop on Decolonizing teacher education and educational research
South African Education Research Association (SAERA). Initiated by the Action Research SIG.
7 April 2017, North-West University, Potchefstroom
The Faculty Forum was attended by 56 delegates from various universities in the country. The programme was opened by Prof Aslam Fataar, Stellenbosch University, who presented six points in his keynote address to stimulate delegate thinking around the topic. There was interaction with audience after each point. Thereafter, 36 delegates stayed to participate in a World Cafe process to explore answers to the four questions suggested in the brief issued by the coordinators of the preparatory workshops.
- What knowledge ecologies are appropriate/recognized for our context? And why?
- How can we (do we) address the democratization of knowledge within our teaching and research?
- What are the political and pragmatic implications of knowledge democratization? What principles/philosophies might inform them?
- What research methodologies might advance such knowledge?
A summary of the rich discussions were posted on the Global Assembly website www.knowledgedemocracy.org .
A meeting was held at the SAERA annual conference in October, which focused on discussing how action research can contribute to knowledge democracy and decolonization of research. Twenty delegates attended – attendance was hampered by the fact that the venue was situated a taxi ride from the main one and not everyone managed to catch the bus!
2018 – Planning: In April the action research SIG will offer a 2 day workshop on participatory action research by Dr Maria Elena Torre, from CUNY Public Science Project. This will be held in Potchefstroom and will be designed to allow participants to also attend the Mandela Legacy Lecture at the campus.
We currently have 54 members on our distribution list, but of course whether they are still members of SAERA or not depends on their conference attendance.