Research and Practice in Catholic Educational Studies

Stuart-Buttle, Ros (2018) Research and Practice in Catholic Educational Studies. In: Researching Catholic Education: Contemporary Perspectives. Springer, pp. 43-56. ISBN 9789811078071

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This chapter reflects on the interplay that takes place when the worlds of research and practice collide in Catholic education. The first part outlines various thinking within current education research literature that attempts to explain the liminal space between the activities of researchers and practitioners, the contestation of ideas, the relationships inherent in this partnership and the processes that occur during research to develop and implement new knowledge. The remainder of the chapter presents an example of research-informed practice relating to adult online theological education. The purpose is to illustrate how research and practice in Catholic education come together to influence, interpret and impact one another in mutual reciprocity. Research, especially in more philosophical or theoretical form, risks being seen as an academic or intellectual exercise, a separate body of theory or knowledge. How to connect with other ways of being, knowing or doing takes us into the domain of practice. The chapter concludes by seeking a greater coherence for the design of educational research that strengthens connections between research theory and practice to promote further knowledge and study of Catholic education.

Key Words
Research methods; Catholic education studies; Online adult theological education; Practice-based research

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Catholic Education Research
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Ros Stuart-Buttle
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 09:20
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 11:15

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