Research and reflective practice.
Following an advanced P4C workshop in New Jersey and submission of a paper to the International Congress on Philosophical Inquiry with Children in South Africa I am exploring ways of utilising video records of enquiry sessions to research the development of collaborative dialogue. This is aimed at providing a better picture of the factors which enhance deepening dialogue and skills of enquiry. I utilise action research techniques as part of professional development with colleagues and prefer an Appreciative Inquiry approach (described further below)
Within a number of contexts I have personally undertaken and coached others to operate as reflective practitioners. I see the keeping of reflective journals as an essential part of professional development which doubles as a useful research tool at the level of the learning community of facilitators and trainers. Important influences for me in this area have been Jennifer Moon, John Mason and David Hopkins, among others.