Action Research

Action Research : All You Need to Know

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This book gives you all you need to know about action research, why you need to know it and how it can help you become a self-reflective practitioner-researcher. It provides the ideas and frameworks to understand action research, combined with a practical workbook to guide you through the practicalities and complexities of doing action research in your own context.
Inside you will find:
An action plan to help you embark on your project Guidance and advice on learning to ask the right questions as you progress A full resource on writing up and communicating your results Inspiration to explain the significance of what you have achieved, so that other people can learn with and from you.
Accessible and insightful, this is the complete start to finish guide to doing influential action research. It is the ideal companion for students and researcher-practitioners in any research setting, from education and health to business.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473967473
  • 9781473967472
  • 593,515

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Jean McNiff is an inspiration. Imbued by her values, she takes the `mystique' out of action research and provides an accessible, practical and useful step by step guide to doing action research for novices and experts alike. This book will support action researchers to live by their values and produce robust accounts of their research. I look forward to recommending it as a `must read' to my fellow action researchers. -- Josephine Bleach At a time when academic 'experts' are increasingly setting practice agendas, this scholarly but deeply practical book helps practitioners to reclaim ownership of their professions. -- Gary Rolfe For anyone interested in action research, irrespective of experience and expertise, this text, explaining the origins, forms, process, problems and functions of action research, and how these relate to position and role of action researcher, should be essential reading. -- Andrew Townsend This is an empowering, practical, accessible book, embedded in a deeply humane understanding of research. It shows how and why practice is integral to a healthy, thinking world. It opens doors and enables you to turn lived experience into liberating professional enquiry. -- Welby Ings Well structured, clearly written and accessible. I highly recommend it for anyone who plans to enhance their professional practice through action research. -- Valsa Koshy
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Table of contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionPART I: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?Chapter 1: What is action research?Chapter 2: Who can do action research?Chapter 3: The values base of action researchChapter 4: Critical times for action researchPART II: WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW?Chapter 5: Why do action research?Chapter 6: The responsibility of practitioner-researchers: contributing to new practices and new learningChapter 7: The responsibility of practitioner-researchers: contributing to new thinking and ideasChapter 8: The responsibility of practitioner-researchers: engaging with the literaturesPART III: HOW DO I FIND OUT?Chapter 9: Thinking about doing an action research projectChapter 10: Planning to do your action researchChapter 11: Carrying out your action plansChapter 12: Evaluating the quality of your plans, practices and researchPART IV: HOW DO I GENERATE EVIDENCE TO TEST THE VALIDITY OF MY KNOWLEDGE CLAIM?Chapter 13: Monitoring practices and gathering dataChapter 14: Working with data: analysing, authenticatin and interpretingChapter 15: Generating evidence from the data and making knowledge claims: summary chapterPART V: HOW DO I TEST AND CRITIQUE MY KNOWLEDGE?Chapter 16: Testing the validity of your knowledge claimChapter 17: Establishing the legitimacy of your knowledge claimPART VI: HOW DO I REPRESENT AND COMMUNICATE MY KNOWLEDGE?Chapter 18: Thinking about writing your dissertationChapter 19: Writing up your dissertationPART VII: HOW DO I SHOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MY KNOWLEDGE?Chapter 20: The significance of it allReferencesIndex
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About Jean McNiff

Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers' University, People's Republic of China. Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research. Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all. Visit Jean at, or contact her at
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