Transformative research: personal and societal

Open access

Abstract

Transformative researchers have the potential to contribute to both personal and societal transformation. In this article, I argue that the two are intertwined and that personal transformation is a necessary component of research that is designed to support change at the societal level in the form of furthering human rights and social justice. I describe a transformative framework that examines assumptions related to ethics, the nature of reality, epistemology, and methodology that can guide researchers who choose to address both the personal and societal levels of transformation. Ethically, researchers need to examine who they are and who they are in relation to the community in which they are working. This process goes beyond self-examination to a critical analysis of the cultural blinders that might obscure our ability to contribute to positive impacts. I put forth the hypothesis that if we design our research so that it explicitly addresses issues of discrimination and oppression that the probability of personal and social transformation increases.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • [1] Anderson R. & Braud W. (2011). Transforming Self and Others through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities. New York USA: SUNY Press

  • [2] Chilisa B. (2012). Indigenous methodologies. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage

  • [3] Cram F. Chilisa B. & Mertens D.M. (2013). The journey begins. In Mertens D.M. Cram F. & Chilisa B. (Eds.) Indigenous pathways into social research pp. 11-40. Walnut Hills CA: Left Coast Press

  • [4] Cram F. & Mertens D.M. (2015). Transformative and Indigenous frameworks for multimethod and mixed methods research. In S. Hesse-Biber & B. Johnson (Eds.) The Oxford handbook of multimethods and mixed methods research inquiry (pp. 91-110). New York NY: Oxford University Press

  • [5] Farren M. Crotty Y. & Kilboy L. (2015). Transformative potential of action research and ICT in the second language (L2) classroom. International Journal of Transformative Research 2(2) 49-59

  • [6] Jones J. (2015). Professional engagement in child protection: promoting reflective practice and deeper connection with the lived reality for children. International Journal of Transformative Research 2(2) 30-38

  • [7] Hammond M. (2016). How ideas of transformative learning can influence academic blogging. International Journal of Transformative Research 3(1) 33-40

  • [8] Mertens D.M. (2018). Mixed methods design in evaluation. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage

  • [9] Mertens D.M. (2015). Research methods in education and psychology: Integrating diversity with quantitative qualitative and mixed methods (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage

  • [10] Mertens D.M. & Tarsilla M. (2015). Mixed methods evaluation. In S. Hesse- Biber & B. Johnson (Eds.) The Oxford handbook of multimethod and mixed methods research inquiry (pp. 426-446). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press

  • [11] Mertens D. M. & Wilson A. T. (2012). Program evaluation theory and practice: A comprehensive guide. New York NY: Guilford Press

  • [12] National Health Committee. (2003). To have an “ordinary” life Kia whai oranga “noa.” Wellington New Zealand: National Health Committee

  • [13] Pratt D. Peat B. (2014). Vanishing point - or meeting in the middle? Student/supervisor transformation in a self-study thesis. International Journal of Transformative Research 1(1) 1-24

  • [14] Smith D. (2016). An intuitive approach to learning delivery in higher education. International Journal of Transformative Research 3 (2) 8-14

  • [15] Symonette H. (2009). Cultivating self as responsive instrument. In D.M. Mertens & P. Ginsberg (Eds.) Handbook of Social Research Ethics pp. 279-294. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage

  • [16] Walton J. (2014). What can the ‘transpersonal’ contribute to transformative research? International Journal of Transformative Research 1(1) p. 25-44

Search
Journal information
Metrics
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 1427 1181 67
PDF Downloads 779 644 22