chapter  1
Background and introduction
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What motivates some practitioner researchers to take an unconventional, innovative direction in their research; to employ their powers of creativity in surprising ways; to think and do differently from the mainstream research they have met? This many-sided question engaged us-Marion Dadds and Susan Hart-for more than three years in the project which forms the basis of this book. It caused us to re-examine many of the assumptions underlying the learning conditions that are offered to practitioners who want to know about, and apply, research to their daily professional work. And it caused us to understand more clearly some of the drives and problems which shape the research of practitioners who choose to frame their work in a radically different way from mainstream approaches.