The Handbook of Action Research

The Handbook of Action Research : Participative Inquiry and Practice

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'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. 'This is truly a significant work. Not only has action research reached maturity, but in the context of the postmodern constructionist debates its scope has been dramatically expanded, its conceptual underpinnings deepened, and its forms of practice enormously enriched.The present confluence of humanism and pragmatism has inspired lively conversations between us; the work has the potential to transform the very idea of social science' - Kenneth J Gergen, author of "An Invitation to Social Construction" and Mary Gergen, author of "Feminist Reconstructions in Psychology". 'A wholly new kind of human inquiry is emerging. It is to do with taking our own, previously ignored, spontaneously responsive, living involvements with our surroundings seriously. Rather than with views and perspectives, rather than with a one-way manipulative understanding, gained by merely observing movements from a distance, it is concerned with quite a different kind of participatory, experiential understanding - the kind of understanding we have when playing a part in an activity which also to an extent 'plays' us. Workers are beginning to bring to light the many different knowledges present to us in the different practical ways in which we can be relationally involved with the others and othernesses around us. Everything changes when we get up close and personal. All that is solid melts into air!In this exciting Handbook, Reason and Bradbury have collected together a large number of the central workers in this new and developing sphere of participative inquiry. Overall, in the detailed explorations they conduct, just as in becoming familiar with a new and strange landscape, they help us get to know our 'way about' in its rich and intricate 'landscape'. Literally, this is a landmark volume' - John Shotter, University of New Hampshire. "The Handbook of Action Research" is truly a remarkable book. We are greatly indebted to the editors Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury, who managed to avoid the usual tower of Babel, and succeeded to forge and orchestrate the somewhat incoherent mosaic of action research, with its many voices, into an intelligent comprehensive and logical whole. This handbook provides a much needed clarification of a critical transition in the social sciences' - Hans van Beinum, General Editor of "Concepts and Transformation", "International Journal of Action Research" and "Organizational Renewal". 'A valuable resource for both researchers and for research methods courses' - Dr Ruth Northway, "Nurse Researcher".The publication of the "Handbook of Action Research" is a publishing milestone, drawing together the different strands of action research, demonstrating their diverse applications and showing their interrelations. Far-reaching in scale and scope, the Handbook informs readers about the latest approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, in social inquiry, and moves the field forward with fresh insights and applications. Throughout, the contributing authors grapple with questions of how to integrate knowledge with action, how to collaborate with co-researchers in the field, and how to present the necessarily 'messy' components in a coherent fashion. The organization of the volume reflects the many different issues and levels of analysis represented. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 184 x 246 x 36mm | 952.54g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 0761966455
  • 9780761966456

About Peter Reason

Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., is Director of Sustainable Business Programs at University of Southern California Center for Sustainable Cities, She brings her expertise in action research to work with businesses on issues of sustainability. Prior to this she was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University| Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published widely in journals including Organization Science and Academy of Management Executive. She is editor of Action Research and co-editor with Peter Reason of the bestselling Handbook of Action Research (Sage, 2001, 2006, 2008). Hilary is multi lingual, having grown up in Ireland and having worked in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. She lives in LA with her family. The project that takes most of her time now is SEER (Sustainable Enterprise Executive Roundtable). SEER enables collaborative learning among Southern California business leaders so that more sustainable practices result, benefiting the environment and the bottom line, through projects that promote sustainable development. SEER is committed to developing actionable knowledge and measurable positive impact. Also see: more

Table of contents

Introduction - Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury Inquiry and Participation in Search of a World Worthy of Human Aspiration PART ONE: GROUNDINGS 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 Infusing Race into the US Discourse on Action Research - Ella Edmondson Bell Uneven Ground - Patricia Maguire Feminisms and Participatory, Action-Oriented Research Power and Knowledge - John Gaventa and Andrea Cornwall Knowledge and Participatory Research - Peter Park Exploring the Relevance of Critical Theory for Action Research - Stephen Kemmis Emancipatory Action Research in the Footsteps of J[um]urgen Habermas Pragmatic Action Research and the Struggle to Transform Universities into Learning Communities - Morten Levin and Davydd Greenwood The Humanistic Approach to Action Research - John Rowan Engaging Sympathies - Yvonna S Lincoln Relationships between Action Research and Social Constructivism The Relationship of 'Systems Thinking' to Action Research - Robert Louis Flood Action Research as the Hidden Curriculum of the Western Tradition - Olav Eikeland PART TWO: PRACTICES Action Science - Victor J Friedman Creating Communities of Inquiry in Communities of Practice I Wish This Were a Poem of Practices of Participatory Research - Budd L Hall 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 The Use of Words - [sl]Oyvind P[lo]alshaugen Improving Enterprises by Improving Their Conversations 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 Learning as a Community of Practitioners, Consultants and Researchers The Practice of Action Inquiry - William R Torbert The Turn to Action and the Linguistic Turn - Lesley Treleaven Towards an Integrated Methodology Educational Action Research - Ken Zeicher PART THREE: 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 - Penelope A Barrett What Happened When the Words 'Action Research' Came to Life for a Group of Midwives Citizens' Participation in Natural Resource Management - Yogesh Bhatt and Rajesh Tandon Learning with /f003The Natural Step - Hilary Bradbury Action Research to Promote Conversations for Sustainable Development Transforming Lives - Gloria Bravette Gordon Towards Bicultural Competence Action Research to Develop an Interorganizational Network - Rupert F Chisholm Transpersonal Co-Operative Inquiry - John Heron Using Co-Operative Inquiry to Transform Evaluation of Nursing Students' Clinical Practice - Marcia D Hills Collaborative Inquiry with African-American Community Leaders - James G Kelly, Lynne O Mock and S Darius Tandon Comments on a Participatory Action Research Process 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 The Sights and Sounds of Indigenous Knowledge - Timothy Pyrch and Mar[ac]ia Teresa Castillo 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... - Elizabeth Whitmore and Colette McKee PART FOUR: 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 Working with 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 The Third Task of Universities or How to Get Universities to Serve Their Communities - G[um]oran Brulin Conclusion - Hilary Bradbury and Peter Reason Broadening the Bandwidth of Validity: Issues as Choice-Points to Ensure Quality in Action Researchshow more

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"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 "The Handbook of Action Research is truly a remarkable book. We are greatly indebted to the editors ... This handbook provides a much needed clarification of a critical transition in the social sciences." -- Hans van Beinum International Journal of Action Research and Organizational Renewalshow more

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