Handbook of Action Research: Student Edition

Handbook of Action Research: Student Edition

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Edited by Peter Reason, Edited by Hilary Bradbury-Huang

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 246mm x 26mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1412920302
  • ISBN 13: 9781412920308
  • Edition statement: Concise ed
  • Sales rank: 319,013

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With the Handbook of Action Research hailed as a turning point in how action research is framed and understood by scholars, this new edition has been structured to provide an easy inroad into the field for researchers and students. It includes concise chapter summaries and an informative introduction that draws together the different strands of action research and reveals their diverse applications as well as their interrelations. 'This is an excellent book for helping professionals and students on undergraduate and postgraduate research courses. It is an essential purchase for understanding the inter-relationship between the "thinkers" and "doers" engaged in investigating and understanding the society in which researchers live' - European Journal of Social Work 'A remarkable reframing of action research that engages the spirit as well as the mind, in inquiry that matters, shared among inquirers who matter. "Validity" as we once knew it will never be the same after these improvements. Wonderfully provocative!' - Karl Weick, University of Michigan The Handbook is divided into four parts, and there are important themes of thinking and practice running throughout.The first section reviews the range of paradigms and metatheories, the perspectives, values and epistemologies that inform the different practices of action research. Part Two represents the diverse approaches to action research and the range of methodologies. Part Three shows how different researchers have applied the various different groundings and practices in their own work. Finally the last section addresses some of the competencies that may be required for the initiation and conduct of the research. All students interested in Action Research will make this Handbook their first point of reference when seeking means of engaging with the subject.

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I retired in 2009 from an academic career at the University of Bath in which my primary contribution was to the theory and practice of participatory action research. I was Director of the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice (CARPP) and co-founder of the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice. In these programmes we pioneered graduate education based on collaborative, experiential and action-oriented forms of inquiry.

Table of contents

Introduction - Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury Inquiry and Participation in Search of a World Worthy of Human Aspiration Theory and Practice - Bj[sl]orn Gustavsen The Mediating Discourse Participatory (Action) Research in Social Theory - Orlando Fals Borda Origins and Challenges Action Research in the Workplace - William Pasmore The Socio-Technical Perspective The Infusion of Race into the US Discourse on Action Research - Ella Edmondson Bell Uneven Ground - Patricia Maguire Feminimisms and Action Research Power and Knowledge - John Gaventa and Andrea Cornwall Knowledge in Participatory Research - Peter Park Exploring the Relevance of Critical Theory for Action Research - Stephen Kemmis Humanistic Action Research - John Rowan The Relationship of 'Systems Thinking' to Action Research - Robert Louis Flood PRACTICES Action Science - Victor J Friedman Creating Communities of Inquiry in Communities of Practice The Practice of Co-operative Inquiry - John Heron and Peter Reason Research with Rather Than on People Appreciative Inquiry - James D Ludema, David L Cooperrider and Frank J Barrett The Power of the Unconditional Positive Question Large Group Processes as Action Research - Ann W Martin Ethnodrama - Jim Mienczakowski and Stephen Morgan Constructing Participatory, Experiential and Compelling Action Research through Performance Clinical Inquiry/Research - Edgar H Schein Community Action Research - Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer The Practice of Action Inquiry - William R Torbert EXEMPLARS Working Together, Learning Together - Mark Baldwin Co-operative Inquiry in the Development of Complex Practice by Teams of Social Workers The Early Mothering Project - Penny A Barrett What Happened When the Words 'Action Research' Came to Life for a Group of Midwives Learing with the Natural Step - Hilary Bradbury Action Research to Promote Conversations for Sustainable Development Transforming Lives - Gloria Bravette Towards Bicultural Competence Action Research To Develop an Interorganizational Network - Rupert F Chisholm Participatory Research and Education for Social Change - Helen M Lewis Highlander Research and Education Center Creative Arts and Photography in Participatory Action Research in Guatemala - M Brinton Lykes The Art of Clinical Inquiry in Information Technology Related Change - Joe McDonagh and David Coghlan Participatory Action Research in Southern Tanzania, with Special Reference to Women - Marja-Liisa Swantz, Elizabeth Ndedya and Mwajuma Saiddy Masaiganah Six Street Youth Who Could... - Bessa Whitmore and Colette McKee SKILLS Collaborative Off-Line Reflection - Jenny W Rudolph, Steven S Taylor and Erica Gabrielle Foldy A Way To Develop Skill in Action Science and Action Inquiry On Supervising Graduate Research Students - Peter Reason and Judi Marshall The Mirror, The Magnifying Glass, The Compass and the Map - Yoland Wadsworth Facilitating Participatory Action Research Self Reflective Inquiry Practices - Judi Marshall Conclusion - Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury Broadening the Bandwidth of Validity: Issues as Choice-Points to Ensure Quality in Action Research