What's in the ‘co'? Tending the tensions in co-creative inquiry in social work education

Louise Jane Phillips, Ksenija Napan

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Higher education is one of many fields of practice that have undergone a so-called ‘dialogic turn’ whereby processes of co-creation proliferate as a means of generating knowledge. According to dialogic ideals, co-creation harnesses the transformative potential of dialogue across difference and empowers participants as co-learners or co-researchers. But what does the ‘co’ of ‘co-creation’ entail in practice? The aim of the article is to explore the tensions in the ‘co’ of co-creation through critical, reflexive analysis of the enactment of one particular approach to co-creation, ‘Academic Co-Creative Inquiry’ (ACCI), in a social work course in a higher educational institution in Aotearoa New Zealand. Using the Integrated Framework for Analysing Dialogic Knowledge Production and Communication, the analysis identifies tensions arising in the interplay between top-down and bottom-up dynamics in a contested terrain of dialogic and neoliberal discourses. It is argued that ACCI’s reflexive sensitivity in relation to tensions offers some resistance to neoliberalism in higher education
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)827-844
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2016

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Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached document: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education on 07 Apr 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/0.1080/09518398.2016.1162869.”

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