Dear Michelle and Jackie,
Thank you for submitting a thought-provoking, enlightening and uplifting paper. You have tried to capture your ideas around ‘cultures of inquiry’ as a transformative method of creating you living theory, in words, on paper and supported by video clips – which is a huge challenge. Despite the enormity of your task, I think you have succeeded well in your endeavour!
I am impressed by the reflexive nature of your work. You have reflected on and discussed the reflections you have made in the course of your prior teaching experiences and your presentation at ARNA. You are also showing your educational influence in your own learning and the learning of others as you generate your living theory in the process of articulating your experiences for us to read.
I love the positive energy emanating from the written words and from the video clips.
A thought that I have though, and one which may be better positioned in a future paper and have little place in this paper, has to do with criticality and critical reflection. I wonder are there moments in either of your stories, or your overall interpretation of your collective story, where you experienced any difficulties, doubts or problems? I know Michelle talks about being tentative in one of the video clips, but I think some of the ideas would benefit from a little more problematising, querying and digging deep.
I believe that your paper, with a few little tweaks, is nearly ready for submission to the EJOLTs editorial board. It meets the criteria outlined in terms of (i) being of high academic and scholarly quality; (ii) including distinguishing qualities of a Living Educational Theory research methodology and (iii) making a contribution to the field of Living Educational Theory research. I am attaching my suggested tweaks here, but needless to say, you may accept them or reject them as you see fit.
It has been a pleasure to read your paper – well done!
Warm regards to you both,