Collective Active Learning
Where the learning of all participants and researchers is at the centre of research, this leads to additional benefits.
Research is limited if learning takes place only by researchers, or only at the end of the process by “users” who are not involved at any other stage.
An emphasis on learning, as well as (or instead of) research, emphasises two things: (i) the fact that everyone involved in a research project, researcher as well as researched, can learn from the process, and (ii) that benefits can come from the process of research as well as the more concrete outcomes. This can help the research in Creating Positive Change and Making a difference, if those involved take away new insights, ideas and skills that they can apply elsewhere.
As participants pointed out in Work Package 1 of our research (link), Transition initiative members may not want or need what is formally considered "research" - activities that encourage or lead to learning in other ways are sometimes what they want.
It goes without saying that for learning to work well, those involved need a disposition to learn (the “active” part). Active learning is central to collaborative approaches such as 3.03 Partipicatory Action Research
Where the learning of all participants and researchers is at the centre of research projects, this leads to additional benefits.