Negotiating the agendas : an operational framework through the exploration of learning network models and practices

Wheeler, L 2004, Negotiating the agendas : an operational framework through the exploration of learning network models and practices, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education, RMIT University.


Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size
Wheeler.pdf Thesis application/pdf 96.52MB
Title Negotiating the agendas : an operational framework through the exploration of learning network models and practices
Author(s) Wheeler, L
Year 2004
Abstract This study examines the elements necessary to enable an operational framework for a learning network. It highlights those factors most likely to lead to long-term sustainability. An Action Learning and Action Research (ALAR) methodology was used to investigate the development of a Victorian Flexible Learning Network (RMIT LearnLinks) as an instrumental case study over three funding cycles.

For the purpose of this investigation, the learning network under examination, RMIT LearnLinks, was defined as a cooperative of education providers working together to provide Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) programs accessible via the Internet.

Data was gathered from interview transcripts with international experts and local stakeholders, past research (Wheeler, 1997), literature reviews, records, documents, artefacts, archives (built up over five years), notes from two key informants and notes from annual review days held with key stakeholders.

As a practitioner researcher, I found that the project passed through lifecycle phases from establishment through to consolidation. By using ALAR methodology, I was able to turn tacit knowledge into a useable knowledge base that could be applied in other larger projects, both within my team, the broader University community and other organisations and communities we deal with. I also found common elements of an
operational framework that were more likely to lead to sustainability, and that the importance of these factors depended upon the goals and the maturity of the network, and the organisational and political context in which it operated.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) Victorian Flexible Learning Network
LearnLinks
Versions
Version Filter Type
Access Statistics: 203 Abstract Views, 59 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Tue, 09 Oct 2012, 08:57:12 EST by Kelly Duong
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us