How to research praxis and praxis development?

Year: 2018

Author: Langelotz, Lill, Wilkinson, Jane, Kaukko, Mervi

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This abstract is part of symposium 'Pedagogy, Education and Praxis: A ten-year progress report from an international research network' Drawing on the work of Pedagogy, Education and Praxis (PEP) research network across the last ten years, this presentation maps research approaches that have been used to facilitate praxis and praxis development in different (inter)national contexts. Starting from theoretical approaches that seem to cut across educational praxis research (theory of Practice Architectures and its roots in Aristotle and Marx), we move to be emerging trends within the PEP research literature (such as feminist approaches). We also deliberate the conditions under which praxis research might be conducted (and by whom), in different educational settings, and in different national contexts. Here, the differing ideas, discourses, philosophies and educational traditions underpinning different national contexts are significant. We argue for the potential of praxis research to draw on multiple, less dominant theories and methods to enrich the knowledge base, and, in order to ‘see things differently’, encourage greater diversity in methods within praxis research.