Insight into attempts at using action research in a collaborative work in a policy review exercise in Botswana
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In this paper I embrace the thinking that writing on one’s experiences in the use of qualitative educational research strategies and principles could potentially contribute to furthering knowledge in the field. In adopting an action research framework to guide collaborative work in a policy review exercise in Botswana, I found that collaborative work is itself a challenge. Similarly, given the political nature of policy formulation, significant effort and attention is required to facilitate broader reflection and debate on the adoption and use of qualitative research strategies in policy matters in Botswana. Generally my experience suggests that the strictures of underlying political life could be a powerful framework that profoundly shapes and constrains the perspectives and choices in policy review. I conclude with some statements concerning some lessons learnt during the policy review exercise. Key words: Action Research, Collaborative Work, Teaching Practice Internship, University of Botswana, Policy Review, Lessons Learnt.