International Practice Development Journal


Title of ArticleHuman flourishing through body, creative imagination and reflection
Type of ArticleOriginal practice development and research
Author/sAngie Titchen, Brendan McCormack, Val Wilson, Annette Solman
ReferenceVolume 1, Issue 1, Article 1
Date of PublicationJune 2011
KeywordsArtistic and cognitive critique, critical companionship, critical creativity, human flourishing, practice development methodology


Background:A new methodological framework for human flourishing as the ends and means of transformational action research and practice development has recently been published. Located in the critical creativity paradigmatic synthesis, the framework is one of the outcomes of our shared journey as practice development facilitators and researchers.

Aims and objectives: The aim of this paper is to show how methodological development can be an outcome of practice development. The first objective is to show, through an exemplar story, how our human flourishing was achieved through learning experientially about the new framework at a retreat in the Australian Grampian Mountains. The second objective is to indicate how we exposed the developing framework to national and international artistic and cognitive critique.

Design:Part of a co-operative inquiry under the auspices of the International Practice Development Collaborative, including retreats, workshops and conference presentations.

Methods: Imbued by the philosophical and theoretical frameworks for human flourishing, the methodological framework was used at the retreat to create conditions for human flourishing through nature, the body, creative imagination, reflection and reflexivity. Data on the impact of using the framework were collected and synthesised through a variety of methods, including dialogue, contemplative walks, dance, landscape art and reflection. Further synthesis was undertaken through experiential workshops and scholarly/creative writing.

Results: Findings show how the methodology was further evaluated and refined whilst simultaneously enabling others to flourish as they gained confidence in using the methods of critical creativity as critical companions. Thereby the interrelatedness of methodology and methods of critical creativity is illustrated.

Conclusions: This outcome of our practice development journey offers a potential addition to critical social science methodologies in health and social care practice, development, education and research.

Implications for practice: The framework can be considered for use in personal, professional, organisational and practice development and research that are transformational in intent and in diverse professional and organisational contexts and settings.

This article by Angie Titchen, Brendan McCormack, Val Wilson, Annette Solman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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