Essentially, it's about finding a link/synergy between two seemingly unrelated things. His post about teaching critical thinking led me to this post.
Earlier, I have written about pedagogy and food. Now I want to connect Heston Blumenthal, the chef, and the research process. His In Search of Perfection (see this example of the series) programmes are a great way to learn about action research. For example:
- he starts with a question - how do you make the best UK steak and salad meal?
- he then asks a number of subsidiary questions to get under its skin.
- he does some data collection: he asks what people like in a vox pop and then follows up suggestions
- he asks experts in the field for their views, practices and protocols.
- he experiments with some of these - in the case of the steak, variations in the ageing process -what is the difference in flavour when cooked?
- He then is able to make some decisions about tenderness, flavour, texture, fat and smell and tests them out by experimenting with samples of his own.
- This leads to new knowledge and perhaps new practices.