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I am being criticized for responding harshly and critiquing.  There is a tendency to see dialectics as an 'inclusional'  interaction that is warm and pleasant for the participants.  This is not my dialectics.

Academic research is seen as a mysterious, incomprehensive thing that belongs to a very small smart elite. 


This is not true.  We need to move away from it and convey the idea that research is a contribution to knowledge of a field and to a body of knowledge in the field that is being accumulated and needs to grow.  The contribution needs to be rigorous and part of the research process is looking at what is rigorous.

Values are perceived as epistemological standards of judgement by many approaches to action and practitioner research within the action researcher's knowledge of his/her practice being perceived as the account's unit of appraisal based on Polanyi's tacit knowledge.


This is a big problem for the methodological approach and epistemology that needs to be discussed and problematised

My theorized applied dialectical method is based on reflective and dialogical enquiries into the question, How do live a more meaningful life? and how do we form a greater democracy of and for all in dignity, humanity, wellbeing, growth and empowerment and equality? 

Who decides what is a meaningful life? based on what?



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