Navigating the Early Stages of Research – Practice Partnerships: Affordances and Challenges of a New University – School Project (72819)

Session Information: Higher Education
Session Chair: Joanie Crandall

Saturday, 23 September 2023 09:55
Session: Session 1
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Research-practice partnerships (RPP) are long-term collaborations between researchers and practitioners, organised to investigate current problems, engage in collaborative cycles of inquiry, generate findings, and communicate outcomes to key stakeholders (Coburn, Peniel, & Geil, 2013). They are mutually beneficial, and intentional and aim to produce original analyses (Sjolund et al., 2022). Advocates also claim the approach addresses the research-practice gap and challenges the roles of consumer and producer through sustainable and collaborative infrastructures. Ambiguity around the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved can arise and little is known regarding how roles are negotiated and with what consequence for the project outcomes. In addition, very little is known about how post-covid contexts impact the whole partnership project (Farrell et al. 2019).
In our presentation, we, therefore, focus on a post-covid context that adds to the complexities of creating socially conscious models of working together. The paper addresses the research-practice gap and adds to a growing body of knowledge, outlining under what conditions different partnership strategies bear fruit and the relative strengths and weaknesses of those strategies, for addressing common challenges. We reflect on what processes facilitated or constrained the co-construction within the early stages of the RPP. What came to light, was the importance of carving out time, to share our individual research values, expectations, and concerns, whilst identifying where they converged. We present our experiences navigating the tricky terrain of roles and responsibility negotiations, where professional accountability and whose and what knowledge was shared, became central to the success of the partnership.

Authors:
Daniela Bacova, University of Bolton, United Kingdom
Lucy Caton, University of Bolton, United Kingdom
Georgia McCrone, University of Bolton, United Kingdom


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Daniela Bacova is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at University of Bolton in United Kingdom

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00