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Title: Managing diversity : narratives, paradigms and communities of practice
Author: Lawthom, Rebecca.
ISNI:       0000 0001 1493 1701
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2004
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This the;is represents a continued engagetnent with diversity of knowledge, experience 311d methodology. The thesis contains work accepted for publication and 311 accompanying research narrative. This research narrative links the academic outputs presented with an intellectual 311d experiential journey. The first section sets the scene. The experience of becoming an academic is theorised using three diverse resources: (i) auto-ethnography is utilised to make sense of the journey; (ii) Burrell and Morg311's (1979) paradigms of social science are used to situate publications and dOmin311t modes of thinking, (iii) communities of practice ideas (originating from Lave and Wenger) are used to explore ~where and how learning and development have taken place. Having outlined the theoretical resource; being utilised in the thesis, I present the published work as belonging in three p'dfadigms (functionalist, interpretivist 311d radical humanist). Within each of the sections 2, 3 311d 4 the same structure is employed. After a brief introduction to the paradigm and summary of the papers or chapters, the three or four pieces of published work are serially presented (without commentary). Following this, the work is reflected upon using autoethnography. communities of practice and paradigms of social science. Section 5 (entitled Towards Anti-Foundationalism) aims to methodologically re-work Interpretivism and Radical Humanism (using current writing). The final section (Consequences and commitments) explores contemporary vVTiting commitments and the consequences of the intellectual journey taken. Four issues are explored here: voice; theory and practice; communities of practice and diverse ways of knowing
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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