Introduction to Action Research

Introduction to Action Research : Social Research for Social Change

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How do social researchers know how to select the action research (AR) approach that is most appropriate for their study? Aimed at providing newcomers to AR with the different approaches they seek, Introduction to Action Research, 2/e introduces the history, philosophy, social change agenda, methodologies, ethical arguments for, and fieldwork tools of AR. The book opens with a brief presentation of two cases of AR. This is followed by chapter on the philosophical and methodological arguments for AR as a form of scientific inquiry that better meets scientific standards than what is currently called "social science" in academia. The authors next explore the marginalization of AR activities in academia, followed by four cases drawn from the authors own practice, including some examples of failures. Two new chapters engage the student and researcher into the current debates on action research as "tradition" or its own "methodology", and how action research takes shape in the university environment. In the final section of the book the authors cover six different approaches to doing AR. Throughout the book, the authors employ a consistent AR praxis supported by suitable methods and tools to integrate a philosophical, methodological, and political economic position to view the different kinds of AR practices. Introduction to Action Research provides experienced researchers and practitioners with more appropriate and productive ways of using AR for conducting social research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 25.4mm | 430.92g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1412925975
  • 9781412925976
  • 494,395

Table of contents

What Is Action Research?Introduction: Action Research, Diversity, and DemocracyA History of Action ResearchAction Research Cases From Practice: The Stories of Stongfjorden, Mondragon, and Programs for Employment and Workplace Systems at Cornell UniversityScience, Epistemology, and Practice in Action ResearchAn Epistemological Foundation for Action ResearchScientific Method and Action ResearchSocial Science Research Techniques, Work Forms, and Research Strategies in Action ResearchKnowledge Generation in Action Research: The Dialectics of Local Knowledge and Research-based KnowledgeThe Friendly Outsider: From AR as a Research Strategy to the Skills Needed to Become an Action ResearcherVarieties of Action Research Praxis: Liberating Human PotentialPragmatic Action ResearchPower, Liberation, Adult Education, Feminism, and Social ReformEducational Action ResearchParticipatory evaluationRapid Rural Appraisal, Participatory Rural Appraisal, and Participatory Learning and AnalysisHuman Inquiry, Collaborative Inquiry, Cooperative Inquiry, Action Inquiry, Self-reflective Inquiry, and Mapping the Varieties of Action ResearchAction Science and Organizational LearningAction Research, Higher Education, and DemocracyEducating Action ResearchersAction Research, Participation, and Democratization
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"[This book] is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of any social change researcher. Additionally, it is a first-rate resource for educational researchers within organizations or the community." -- Margaret Mulligan
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About Davydd J. Greenwood

Davydd J. Greenwood, Ph.D., At Cornell University for 37 years, Greenwood has conducted action research in the Spanish Basque Country, Spain's La Mancha region, in Upstate New York, and in research universities, Greenwood has published Industrial Democracy as Process: Participatory Action Research in the Fagor Cooperative Group of Mondragon (with cooperative members); Teaching Participatory Action Research in the University in Studies in Continuing Education (with the students from the class), and Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change, first and second editions (with Morten Levin), Action Research: The Scandinavian Action Research Development Program, and articles and chapters in the Action Research, the International Journal of Action Research, the Handbook of Qualitative Inquiry, and the Handbook of Action Research. Davydd is working with the CIREM Foundation in Spain on a small business development program based on action research strategies including the construction of small business networks that create co-generative learning arenas. This involves two small business networks in Spain's La Mancha region, one in Catalonia, and one in Madrid. Davydd is in the fifth year of an international project on the future of public higher education institutions with a particular emphasis on strategies for defending the "public goods" universities once created through action research strategies that engage cross-disciplinary stakeholder teams with external university constituencies in creating co-generative learning/action arenas that could reinvigorate public and political support for higher education. Morten Levin is a partner in both of these projects and Davydd and Morten are now initiating a period of examination of the concepts and practices of academic freedom from an action research perspective.
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