Dr. Jack Whitehead is Professor at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, a Visiting Professor at Ningxia Teachers University in China and a Visiting
Fellow at the University of Bath where he worked in the Education Department for 36 years.
Jack has established an outstanding reputation as a PhD supervisor. In the last 14 years he has supervised 26 doctoral students to successful completion – making him the most effective supervisor in the Department of Education. A significant gift of Jack’s is his ability to support doctoral students in pursuing research inquiries of the kind, ‘How do I improve what I am doing?’ They are encouraged to engage in a process of developing themselves as knowledge creators in ways that directly improve and enhance their professional practice; and to extend and understand the educational influence they have in their own learning, in the learning of others, and in the learning of the wider social contexts in which they live and work.
This approach enables doctoral students to make a significant contribution to the development of a knowledge base that sees values and relationships as central to the education process, and to examine in depth what represents ‘truth’ and ‘evidence’ when justifying the validity of their claims to knowledge generation within their professional worlds. Jack continues to research these issues himself. For more information on Jack’s research, theories, and writings visit http://www.actionresearch.net
Jack has devoted his life to the democratisation of learning in enhancing freedom, justice, love and responsibility in epistemologies that enable people to realise their talents and gifts.