From Fairytales to Spherecards: Towards a New Research Methodology for Improving Knowledge Productivity

  • Anja Doornbos Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
  • Marloes van Rooij Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
  • Maaike Smit Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
  • Suzanne Verdonschot Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
Keywords: research methodology, performative social science, knowledge productivity, learning

Abstract

With this article we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners in the field of Performative Social Science (PSS) to design research in which researchers and practitioners co-produce knowledge that can advance theory and practice in a given domain. In doing so, their work will contribute to the process of knowledge productivity and learning. We believe that identifying, gathering and interpreting relevant information, and using this information to develop new capabilities is crucial for success in our knowledge society. Co-producing knowledge asks for personal engagement. The kind of research that contributes to co-production of knowledge is emergent, elastic, and nonlinear (TYLER, 2006) and provides the opportunity for researchers and practitioners to collaborate, move along with the research as it unfolds, take changes in the environment and in people as an integral element of the research, and look for ways to improve the performance of the participants and their practice. This article contributes in two ways to the field of PSS. Firstly, it presents a model that connects researchers and practitioners in a collaborative learning experience as they wander through the stages of co-production. Secondly, it presents eight different methods that support the learning process of both researchers and practitioners through the different stages. These eight different methods show how art is used for the sake of aesthetics or beauty itself, and as a way of conducting research that enhances learning processes. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802484

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Author Biographies

Anja Doornbos, Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
The authors are all engaged in the Research Practice at Kessels & Smit The Learning Company, a consultancy firm. We founded the Research Practice because we felt the need to do research that not only studies practice but also contributes to it, that intervenes instead of observes, that is appreciative instead of pure critical, that is fun, and that engages the people who want to learn from the research in the research itself.
Marloes van Rooij, Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
The authors are all engaged in the Research Practice at Kessels & Smit The Learning Company, a consultancy firm. We founded the Research Practice because we felt the need to do research that not only studies practice but also contributes to it, that intervenes instead of observes, that is appreciative instead of pure critical, that is fun, and that engages the people who want to learn from the research in the research itself.
Maaike Smit, Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
The authors are all engaged in the Research Practice at Kessels & Smit The Learning Company, a consultancy firm. We founded the Research Practice because we felt the need to do research that not only studies practice but also contributes to it, that intervenes instead of observes, that is appreciative instead of pure critical, that is fun, and that engages the people who want to learn from the research in the research itself.
Suzanne Verdonschot, Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company
The authors are all engaged in the Research Practice at Kessels & Smit The Learning Company, a consultancy firm. We founded the Research Practice because we felt the need to do research that not only studies practice but also contributes to it, that intervenes instead of observes, that is appreciative instead of pure critical, that is fun, and that engages the people who want to learn from the research in the research itself.
Published
2008-05-31