Pragmatic Apparatus – Knowledge mobilization: Stepping into interdependent and relational space using co-creation

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Yvonne Skipper, Debra J Pepler

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using co-creation approaches, with academics and partners working together to create research and interventions to achieve impact. Action research typically starts with the question ‘how can we improve this situation?’ and then co-creates knowledge with and not on or for people. This approach contrasts with conventional approaches in which academics create knowledge and then disseminate it to users via conferences, reports etc. The co-creative approach involves a shift in academics’ thinking and approaches. The success of co-creation depends on the academic shifting from being self-focussed and independent to being other-focussed and interdependent. In this paper, we outline the theoretical background that has informed our thinking and practices related to knowledge mobilization, and our novel relational approach. We illustrate our approach using two co-created projects, focused on enhancing early literacy and supporting mothers with substance use problems. We hope that this will help others consider when it may be appropriate to use a co-creative approach and how to engage in this co-creation process, including awareness of common barriers and benefits.

Publication: Action Research (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: Oct 12, 2020 Doi:

Keywords: Co-creation, knowledge mobilization, independent and interdependent self, impact (Plenty more sections and references in this search article)

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