Building collaborative communities of enquiry in educational research

Donald Christie, Claire Cassidy, Don Skinner, Norman Coutts, Christine M. Sinclair, Sanna K. Rimpilainen, Alastair Wilson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

23 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article explores the concept of community of enquiry through an examination of 3 case studies: (a) a school-based community of enquiry involving pupils, teachers, and researchers; (b) a community of enquiry involving teachers from around 100 different schools in a Scottish local authority, together with policy advisers and researchers; and (c) the project team involved in the present study itself. The 3 case studies are considered in relation to 7 factors identified in previous research as significant considerations when attempting to build a community of enquiry, namely: dialogue and participation; relationships; perspectives and assumptions; structure and context; climate; purpose; and control. The authors conclude by highlighting key issues and potential implications for attempts to foster collaborative partnerships between educational researchers and practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-278
Number of pages15
JournalEducational Research and Evaluation
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • community of enquiry
  • dialogue
  • participation
  • educational researchers
  • educational practitioners

Cite this