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Discourses of Practice: an examination of KEF and its effects on the AL/HRD community

Stewart, J, Ross, C, Nichol, L, Elliott, C and Sambrook, S Discourses of Practice: an examination of KEF and its effects on the AL/HRD community. Action Learning: research and practice. ISSN 1476-7341 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The contribution of scholarship to practice is an ongoing concern of the AL/HRD community. This paper explores how one influential discourse may shape AL /HRD’s understanding of the nature of that contribution. Interest in contribution to scholarship is not limited to academia, the UK Government in 2020 implemented the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) to gather data on English Universities’ knowledge exchange activities, as a basis for measuring, comparing and awarding funding to universities. Using Gee’s tools of enquiry and building tasks we undertook discourse analysis of two key KEF texts to explore the likely impact of KEF on the understanding of contribution to practice within the HRD and AL communities. We compare the discourses used in those texts with three AL/HRD orders of discourse identified in existing literature to explore which if any are reinforced by the KEF discourses, and the potential material consequences this may have for AL/HRD understandings and practice. We find evidence of performance/performance discourses but no evidence of learning/ emancipatory and critical discourses in the first text, but some limited elements of learning/emancipatory and critical discourses in the second. In contrast to models of interorganisational learning, analysis of other texts referred to in this second source suggests that this change did not arise from the documented formal processes but micro-level informal interactions. We suggest this gives individual AL/HRD community members the space to develop alternative, non-performance discourses and practices of knowledge exchange.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education, 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2021 08:33
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 08:33
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15304

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