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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Louw, Willem Petrus
Email willow65@gmail.com
URN etd-01302012-072532
Document Title Turning resources into assets : improving the service delivery and relevance of a psychology training clinic through action research
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof T M Bakker Committee Chair
Dr G Viljoen Committee Co-Chair
Keywords
  • local relevant knowledge
  • action research
  • higher education
  • improving service delivery
  • academic practice
  • Mamelodi
  • emancipatory research
  • South Africa
  • transformation
  • university psychology clinic
  • living theory
  • three tasks of universities
Date 2012-04-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis traces the inception and evolution of a combined collaborative action research project and living theory action research project. Six academic staff members attempted to improve our practice of generating locally relevant research in a university psychology clinic. This process impacted not only on the lives of the participants, but facilitated the enactment of the three tasks of universities and so influenced the lives of the student and residential communities to whom we had a responsibility. This thesis explores two research questions that formed the first part of the study, namely: “How can we improve the functioning of Itsoseng Psychology Clinic?” and “How can we increase our research output?” The second part of the study was a self-study action research project in which I examined my attempts to improve my academic practice by inquiring into my practice of facilitating the collaborative action research project as a peer support initiative. In the form of my living theory, this thesis therefore also explored my answers to the questions: “How can I facilitate a peer support research initiative?” and “How can I improve my academic practice through facilitating such an initiative?” I take a macro-level view of the relationship between a university and surrounding communities and discuss within the South African context three discernable mandates or tasks that universities fulfil: teaching, research and community engagement. I discuss the relevance of this study to psychology and specifically university psychology clinics as potential interface between the university and the surrounding community when enacting community engagement as the third academic task. I also discuss the implications of this study to action research methodology and the concept of transformation in emancipatory research. The main argument of my living theory of my academic practice is that the formation and nurturing of a regular, supportive and critical audience in the form of peer support research meetings contributed to the transformation of resources into assets when we worked towards improving the service delivery and local relevance of a university psychology clinic.

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