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A practice framework for facilitated action inquiry to support collaboration in a community system

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joanne James, Dr Amy Stabler


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The paper presents a facilitated action inquiry (AI) project aimed at developing regional capability for collaborative partnership working amongst community leaders to effect social change. It describes an account of emergent practice of facilitating community learning and presents a practice framework developed through the project Collaboration is a complex, dynamic, multi-level activity between diverse partner organisations. Unfortunately, the diversity that motivates organisations to collaborate for creative advantage can be a source of tensions and conflict (Vangen, 2016) We adopted Action Inquiry (Sharp, 2020) a facilitated collaborative learning approach that respects the’ core essences ‘of action learning (Brook, Pedlar, Burgoyne:2021:272) to generate shared understandings of collaboration between potential community partners and to foster collaborative action. We describe the stages of facilitated AI and our approach to generate knowledge across the community system through photo-elicitation (Boucher,2018). We describe the lived experience of the practice academic navigating her role in the spirit of learning with others. Our contribution is a practice framework that brings together the idea of ‘modes of awareness’ for navigating emergent practices (James, Mavin and Corlett, 2020) with a collaboration framework (Bryson, Crosby and Stone, 2015) to scaffold the work of facilitators and their collaboration groups.

Publication metadata

Author(s): James J, Stabler A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: UFHRD Symposium Making a Contribution in a Practice Field: Action Learning in a Changing World.

Year of Conference: 2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2021