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Committing myself

Dianne.ALLEN's picture

I tend to find myself diffident about proposing what I am about to propose.   As shared with other participants here, I am no longer in the ‘commercial’ workforce.   Age, and other conditions, including not being able to crack a paid position, or to establish a consultancy with clientele, in roles which I judge would be using the capabilities I have been developing over the past ten years while engaged in postgraduate studies and thesis work, mean that my AL/AR/what-not practice is more of a voluntary nature.   In the voluntary relationship, there isn’t the same discipline (from either side) to make the most (financially/economically) of the engagement.   Nor am I in any formal postgraduate study context. 

Nevertheless, to be any kind of an action learner, and to have practice ‘peerage’ with which to share in this forum, I need to disclose what I am doing, and what dilemmas that raises for me, and to be congruent, I need disclose these elements of my practice to those whose practice I am trying to contribute, so that there can be equity in evaluation.   Without the practice of sharing practice findings, any knowledge developed, by applying elements of an action science, remains ‘learning’, rather than ‘research’, according to Ian Hughes, (ALARPM World Congress, Ballarat 2000), and stays private, rather than becoming public.   The discipline of ‘publication’ requires a more open examination of evidence and ways and means of constructing coherence from such evidence, as well as testing such constructions within the company of peers in a community of practice, for the elements of validity and reliability that are vital for such knowledge to meet minimal criteria within the kind of relatability which might mean the knowledge developed has transferable applicability.

The role then, of the community at ALARA, and this website, will be that of 'social accountability'.   I can start to disclose my practice here, and be called to account to complete work started (the sort of accountability that a degree at Uni requires).   Such social accountability helps me shift my practice and improve it.   It is part of my professional development model.

Living by it, in this forum, might be some of the evidence for its practical implementability.