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Knowledge Democracy and Educational Action Research: Beliefs, Science, Politics and Resistance in Knowledge Production

Monday, 29 October 2018 , 4.30pm
EDEN Lecture Theatre

Professor Lonnie Rowell, University of San Diego, California, USA; Emeritus Co-Founder, Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA).

The Faculty of Education is delighted to be hosting Professor Lonnie Rowell who will deliver a Guest Lecture entitled: 'Knowledge Democracy and Educational Action Research: Beliefs, Science, Politics and Resistance in Knowledge Production'.

The Lecture will take place in EDEN Lecture Theatre at 4.30pm with refreshments being served from 4pm in the EDEN Cafe outside EDEN Lecture Theatre.

Please RSVP to Michelle Pryor by e-mail: pryorm@hope.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

 

Biographical Note

Professor Lonnie Rowell, a co-founder and lead organizer in establishing the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) and lead editor of the Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, will speak on knowledge democracy and educational action research in our troubled times. His lecture will address critical issues in action research and participatory action research as they are taking shape within the current crisis of neo-liberalism and the growing authoritarian challenges of Trumpism (and other global authoritarian figures) to democratic society.

Professor Rowell will discuss the state of the global educational action research community in the context of a stacked-deck system of official educational research that has gone all in on an orientation towards knowledge production which contributes to undermining both the professional judgment of educators and the necessary frames of reference for understanding education in a democratic society. He will describe the necessity of the educational action research community serving as a force of opposition to this orientation, with particular emphasis on the importance of building knowledge democracies as a strategic initiative for alternative knowledge mobilization.

Professor Lonnie Rowell is a scholar-activist, counsellor educator, and international authority on practitioner-research and community-based action research. He recently retired from his position as associate professor of counselling at the University of San Diego (USD). For the past 20 years he has been developing action research models and networks in the U.S. and around the world. He was a cofounder and lead organizer in establishing the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) and served as ARNA’s founding Chair (2013-2015). In 2017, with colleagues around the world, he designed and convened the 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in Cartagena, Colombia. He is the lead editor of the Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, President of Social Publishers Foundation, a web-based platform.

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