Integrally Researching Integral Research

Integrally Researching Integral Research
Enactive Perspectives on the Future of the Field
By Nicholas H. Hedlund
In this article, Integral Research is engaged as both meta-methodological injunction and object of inquiry. My aim in doing so is to highlight ways in which applied methodological self-reflection might serve to 1) illumine areas of Integral Research in need of clarification and development, and 2) disclose provisional perspectives on, and thereby help to enact, the optimal evolution of the field.
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Published: 06-01-2010
Length: 30 Pages
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In this article, Integral Research is engaged as both meta-methodological injunction and object of inquiry. My aim in doing so is to highlight ways in which applied methodological self- reflection might serve to 1) illumine areas of Integral Research in need of clarification and develop- ment and 2) disclose provisional perspectives on, and thereby help to enact, the optimal evolution of the field. With respect to methodology, I made use of informal rst-, second-, and third-person methods. My rst-person methods included reflective inquiry relative to the research question, as well as reexive epistemological inquiry into the structures of my own awareness as a researcher. My second-person research made use of dialogical “interviews” with a number of leading scholar- practitioners in the field. My third-person research consisted of an online empirical survey of the Integral Research community. Key aspects of my data were then asystematically interwoven into a number of reflections on the state and future of the field. I begin by contextualizing Integral Re- search in relation to complex, 21st-century planetary challenges. Next, I discuss the current defini- tion of Integral Research, highlighting some of its potential limitations before oering a provisional spectral definition model. Finally, I discuss the application of Integral principles to the phases of the research process, including research design, data analysis/coding, epistemic reexivity, and meta-validity.