Handbook of Action Research

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 education.
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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, www.sustainablecities.edu. 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. www.seer.net. Also see: www.Bradbury-Huang.net.
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`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 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

'A valuable resource for both researchers and for research methods courses' - Dr Ruth Northway, Nurse Researcher
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Table of contents

Introduction - Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury Inquiry and Participation in Search of a World Worthy of Human AspirationPART ONE: GROUNDINGSTheory and Practice - Bj[sl]orn Gustavsen The Mediating DiscourseParticipatory (Action) Research in Social Theory - Orlando Fals Borda Origins and ChallengesAction Research in the Workplace - William Pasmore The Socio-Technical PerspectiveInfusing Race into the US Discourse on Action Research - Ella Edmondson BellUneven Ground - Patricia Maguire Feminisms and Participatory, Action-Oriented ResearchPower and Knowledge - John Gaventa and Andrea CornwallKnowledge and Participatory Research - Peter ParkExploring the Relevance of Critical Theory for Action Research - Stephen Kemmis Emancipatory Action Research in the Footsteps of J[um]urgen HabermasPragmatic Action Research and the Struggle to Transform Universities into Learning Communities - Morten Levin and Davydd GreenwoodThe Humanistic Approach to Action Research - John RowanEngaging Sympathies - Yvonna S Lincoln Relationships between Action Research and Social ConstructivismThe Relationship of `Systems Thinking' to Action Research - Robert Louis FloodAction Research as the Hidden Curriculum of the Western Tradition - Olav EikelandPART TWO: PRACTICESAction Science - Victor J Friedman Creating Communities of Inquiry in Communities of PracticeI Wish This Were a Poem of Practices of Participatory Research - Budd L HallThe Practice of Co-Operative Inquiry - John Heron and Peter Reason Research `with' Rather Than `on' PeopleAppreciative Inquiry - James D Ludema, David L Cooperrider and Frank J Barrett The Power of the Unconditional Positive QuestionLarge Group Processes as Action Research - Ann W MartinThe Use of Words - [sl]Oyvind P[lo]alshaugen Improving Enterprises by Improving Their ConversationsEthnodrama - Jim Mienczakowski and Stephen Morgan Constructing Participatory, Experiential and Compelling Action Research through PerformanceClinical/Inquiry Research - Edgar H ScheinCommunity Action Research - Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer Learning as a Community of Practitioners, Consultants and ResearchersThe Practice of Action Inquiry - William R TorbertThe Turn to Action and the Linguistic Turn - Lesley Treleaven Towards an Integrated MethodologyEducational Action Research - Ken ZeicherPART THREE: EXEMPLARSWorking Together, Learning Together - Mark Baldwin Co-Operative Inquiry in the Development of Complex Practice by Teams of Social WorkersThe Early Mothering Project - Penelope A Barrett What Happened When the Words 'Action Research' Came to Life for a Group of MidwivesCitizens' Participation in Natural Resource Management - Yogesh Bhatt and Rajesh TandonLearning with The Natural Step - Hilary Bradbury Action Research to Promote Conversations for Sustainable DevelopmentTransforming Lives - Gloria Bravette Gordon Towards Bicultural CompetenceAction Research to Develop an Interorganizational Network - Rupert F ChisholmTranspersonal Co-Operative Inquiry - John HeronUsing Co-Operative Inquiry to Transform Evaluation of Nursing Students' Clinical Practice - Marcia D HillsCollaborative Inquiry with African-American Community Leaders - James G Kelly, Lynne O Mock and S Darius Tandon Comments on a Participatory Action Research ProcessParticipatory Research and Education for Social Change - Helen M Lewis Highlander Research and Education CenterCreative Arts and Photography in Participatory Action Research in Guatemala - M Brinton LykesThe Art of Clinical Inquiry in Information Technology Related Change - Joe McDonagh and David CoghlanThe Sights and Sounds of Indigenous Knowledge - Timothy Pyrch and Mar[ac]ia Teresa CastilloParticipatory Action Research in Southern Tanzania, with Special Reference to Women - Marja-Liisa Swantz, Elizabeth Ndedya and Mwajuma Saiddy MasaiganahSix Street Youth Who Could... - Elizabeth Whitmore and Colette McKeePART FOUR: SKILLSCollaborative Off-Line Reflection - Jenny W Rudolph, Steven S Taylor and Erica Gabrielle Foldy A Way to Develop Skill in Action Science and Action InquiryOn Working with Graduate Research Students - Peter Reason and Judi MarshallThe Mirror, the Magnifying Glass, the Compass and the Map - Yoland Wadsworth Facilitating Participatory Action ResearchSelf-Reflective Inquiry Practices - Judi MarshallThe Third Task of Universities or How to Get Universities to Serve Their Communities - G[um]oran BrulinConclusion - Hilary Bradbury and Peter Reason Broadening the Bandwidth of Validity: Issues as Choice-Points to Ensure Quality in Action Research
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