Testing it in the real world : Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning

Collings, S, Dew, Angela and Dowse, L 2021, Testing it in the real world : Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning, Action Research, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 203-217, doi: 10.1177/1476750318761534.

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Title Testing it in the real world : Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning
Author(s) Collings, S
Dew, AngelaORCID iD for Dew, Angela orcid.org/0000-0002-8800-5660
Dowse, L
Journal name Action Research
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 203
End page 217
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1476-7503
Keyword(s) Action research
Business & Economics
knowledge translation
person-centred planning
Social Sciences
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Summary This paper outlines an action research methodology used to create a practice-informed resource for social care in Australia. Practitioners and researchers worked together to develop, test and refine a process to engage people with cognitive disability and complex support needs in person-centred planning. The planning approach, which calls for planners to reflect on their own skills and attitudes as well as the unique needs of an individual, has helped to improve practice in a number of fields and locations in Australia. The process marks a substantive practice shift towards recognition of planning as fundamentally relational in nature. This paper reflects on the process of action research which we describe as similarly relational and potentially transformative of the relations between researchers and practitioners. Working within a knowledge translation paradigm we show how reflexivity within the researcher/practitioner relationship in action research calls for a substantive shift in perspective by researchers to effectively work within the complex contexts of practitioners themselves. In taking this opportunity in our research practice, we identify the potential for a fundamentally different praxis to emerge, one more deeply grounded in the conceptual, political and practical relations between researchers, practitioners and those whose lives they seek to enhance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1476750318761534
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143134

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