Practitioner research and the learning society
Throughout this book, there has been a recognized interrelationship between research and learning; indeed, in Chapter Eight especially we noted how reflective learning and action research became almost interchangeable concepts at one point. Consequently, the relationship between the practitioner-researchers’ research and the learning that occurs in practice does require some exploration. In this chapter we undertake this journey and explore the idea that the emergence of practitioner-researchers is a symbol of the development of the learning society. The chapter has five sections: the first briefly explores the idea of the learning society, the second analyzes the relationship between research and learning, the third examines the emergence of practitionerresearchers in the learning society, the fourth looks at the process of democratizing research, and the fifth explores the relationship among learning, research, and scholarship.