Bring learning into action

Annemieke van den Berg, Belinda Dewar, Carolien Smits

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Context: This critical reflection is about the positive effects for educational and research settings of participation in a two-day programme entitled ‘Using participatory action research and appreciative inquiry to research healthcare practice’.

Aims: To reflect on the journey of positive developments in research and education that started with participation in this programme. Using Caring Conversations (Dewar, 2011) as a reflective framework of questions, this article discusses the journey in order to encourage others to consider the approach of appreciative inquiry to bring to life the concept of co-creation in research and education.
Conclusions and implications for practice: Participation in this programme has led to the implementation of a variety of actions in educational and research settings. Central to all these actions is an appreciative approach to co-creation as a counterpart to today’s prevailing problem-based viewpoint. A possible factor behind these developments was the power of vulnerability experienced during the programme, a shared process of transformational learning.

Implications for practice:
This critical reflection:
Provides an invitation to shift from a problem-based focus to a positive revolution
Provides an appreciative reflective story about the power of vulnerability as an inspiration for others to move out of their comfort zone and seek to discover their own exceptionality
Supports a shift from a facilitator-led to a co-creation approach in doing research and teaching with older adults
Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalInternational Practice Development Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2018


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