All You Need to Know About Action Research

All You Need to Know About Action Research

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What is action research? Why do action research? When should you use action research? In the second edition of All You Need to Know about Action Research, expert practitioners Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead guide you through everything you need to know to plan and carry out a successful action research project. The book provides: - A guide to the history and philosophy underpinning action research - Comprehensive coverage of the main theoretical debates in action research - A unique understanding of how action research can help your learning and your professional practice - Practical help in planning your project - Help with writing about your research and disseminating your findings. The second edition has been thoroughly updated throughout, and now includes new real-life case studies from Education, Health and Business. A new chapter on reviewing the literature has been added and the sections on data gathering and analysis have been updated to take into account the latest technological advances. This easy-to-follow overview of action research is essential reading for students, practitioners and seasoned researchers alike. Available with Perusall-an eBook that makes it easier to prepare for class Perusall is an award-winning eBook platform featuring social annotation tools that allow students and instructors to collaboratively mark up and discuss their SAGE textbook. Backed by research and supported by technological innovations developed at Harvard University, this process of learning through collaborative annotation keeps your students engaged and makes teaching easier and more effective. Learn more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 170 x 238 x 18mm | 480.81g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • diagrams, figures
  • 085702583X
  • 9780857025838
  • 174,791

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'This book provides a comprehensive coverage of the action research process - planning and carrying out the research as well as the dissemination of outcomes. With the recent global emphasis on generating practice-based evidence to enhance the quality of provision in a range of disciplines - education and health just to name two, this book will be an invaluable resource for those who are either embarking on action research or leading it. Written in an accesible style this book addresses both theory and practice associated with action research. Sections on personal theorising of knowledge and presention of findings to a range of audiences would be particularly useful to the reader' - Valsa Koshy, The School of Sport and Education, Brunel University 'Action Research is increasingly recognised as a form of professional enquiry with the potential to generate new knowledge and understanding grounded in the realities of everyday practice. This accessible book identifies core issues in Action Research and provides valuable practical guidance for practitioners who wish to investigate, evaluate and improve their practice and learning' - Angela Christiansen, Head of Nursing Studies, Edge Hill University 'This Second Edition of 'All You Need to Know about Action Research' is an accessible and invaluable text for anyone interested in using this method. McNiff and Whitehead use their considerable experience and insight into action research to show how research can be about learning and creating knowledge and improvement through careful and systematic inquiry into personal and organizational practice' - Russ Vince, Professor of Leadership & Change, the School of Management, University of Bath It is not the intention of the book to offer an overview of all the different types of action research internationally and historically, but rather how to go about doing action research as an indiviudal who wants to improve their practice from their stance of educational action research. And this, they do very well... The writing style is simple and easy to read, but not simplistic. It covers all the important aspects of research to ensure quality, for example, validity, triangulation, ethics, development of conceptual frameworks, analysis and so on but with examples which mean you really grasp and understand deeper methodological issues and the politics of knowledge... it is an enjoyable read as well as a practical guide. Annika CoughlinSRA: Reviewsshow more

Table of contents

PART ONE: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?What Is Action Research?Who Can Do Action Research?The Underpinning Assumptions of Action ResearchWhere Did Action Research Come from and Where Is It Now?PART TWO: WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW?Why Do Action Research?Learning to Improve PracticeContributing to New TheoryEvaluating Your ResearchPART THREE: HOW DO I FIND OUT?Action Planning: Planning and Designing Your Action ResearchEngaging with the LiteraturesDoing Action Research: Carrying out Your Action PlanPART FOUR: HOW DO I GENERATE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT MY CLAIM TO KNOWLEDGE?Monitoring Practice and Looking for DataGathering, Sorting and Storing DataTurning the Data into EvidencePART FIVE: HOW DO I TEST AND CRITIQUE MY KNOWLEDGE?Testing the Validity of Your Claims to KnowledgeEstablishing the Legitimacy of Your Claims to KnowledgeEngaging with the Politics of KnowledgePART SIX: HOW DO I REPRESENT AND DISSEMINATE MY KNOWLEDGE?Telling Your Research StoryWriting a Workplace ReportWriting a Report for Higher Degree AccreditationPublishing and Disseminating Your ResearchPART SEVEN: HOW DO I SHOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MY KNOWLEDGE?Explaining the Significance of Your ResearchDeveloping New Epistemologies for Workplace Cultures of Enquiryshow more

About A. Jack Whitehead

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 jeanmcniff@mac.comshow more

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