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Dialogues in widening participation: Transitions to professional qualification and the importance of self-directed learning

Cooper, Barry and Pickering, Maggie (2008). Dialogues in widening participation: Transitions to professional qualification and the importance of self-directed learning. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 1(3)

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Abstract

This paper explores some of the research processes and outcomes that emerged from the first stage of investigation into a widening participation initiative for professional training into social work in the UK. Programme evaluation is a complex and multifaceted undertaking that often highlights the research dilemmas of 'methods and mess'. The journey from planned structure to messy real-life realities and back to re-focused intervention and dialogue can be both a frustrating and a rewarding aspect of research into educational experiences. In this example, the progressive refinement of aims led to the re-discovery of Personal Construct Psychology as an empowering and dialogic method par excellence.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Kwantlen Polytechnic University
ISSN: 1918-0853
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
Other Departments > Other Departments
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Item ID: 19488
Depositing User: Barry Cooper
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 16:27
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 14:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19488
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