Presentation on theme: "Public Engagement: Being In-between Thursday 17 October, 5 – 6.30 Dance Studio St Luke’s Campus Lizzie Swinford and Suzie West with Kerry Chappell CREATE."— Presentation transcript:
Public Engagement: Being In-between Thursday 17 October, 5 – 6.30 Dance Studio St Luke’s Campus Lizzie Swinford and Suzie West with Kerry Chappell CREATE Research Group
Public Engagement project Lizzie and Suzie doing facilitated action research triggered by the DPC outcomes + their own questions Resourced for 3.5 days each Kerry resourced to carry out an integrated reflective case study questioning what it means to ‘do public engagement’ in participatory research
Today Lizzie Swinford: ‘Let’s play dancing’ Researching the adult’s role when using play in Early Years creative dance Suzie West: How do partnerships, approaches and relationships in collaborative projects influence the learning journeys of students at Kingsbridge Community College? Kerry Chappell: Public Engagement – being inbetween Discussion
Reflective case study Where does the public begin and Higher Education end in the field of Education? What does this mean for how ‘public engagement’ is carried out within ‘Education’?
Methods Reflective logs Cyclical analysis Beginning and end interviews with Lizzie and Suzie Artefacts from their research as data
Visual presentation Where does the public begin and Higher Education end in the field of Education?
Using and doing research in different ways Reflective practice driven by theory where possible? Theoretical development strongly informed by researching practice?
Blurred boundaries between professional, personal and creative roles
What does this mean for how ‘public engagement’ (PE) is carried out within ‘Education’ (participatory research)? We sometimes think the path to public engagement in participatory research is like this…
Hidden tensions Previous experience showed that trying to access dance knowledge in a University from the outside was “like a climbing a cliff to get in” and could be “scary” Even here, it was like “climbing a slope” Participatory research cannot assume ‘easy’ public engagement
Conclusion There is a beginning and end between ‘University’ and ‘public’ but it’s blurry Active role ‘inbetween’ the research/University and the researching practitioners It’s not a case of ‘free-wheeling through the University gates’ Hidden tensions in engagement as well as original DPC research Remaining open to the unpredictability of the PE process is vital to helping it to succeed
Living dialogic space for public engagement (Chappell & Craft, 2011) [Original DPC methodology – flattened hierarchies, listening and actioning] Allows for ‘partiality’ and ownership Fluidity and unpredictability ‘Bottom up’, spiralling out of individual ideas Debate and difference Common future?
Questions for group debate Is public engagement a legitimate concept for those whose research involves practice? Who are your publics? What publics do you think you’re a member of? Are there disciplinary differences in PE? Should we be using a different term to ‘public engagement’?