This book covers the background, process, and tools needed to introduce and guide students through to a successful action research (AR) project. Included are how to initiate, plan, and complete AR within all types of organizations in business, nonprofit, and public administration. Graphic organizers and a modular sequence of topics help students manage the steps involved in AR practice. A protocol for weekly report writing, informed consent documentation, and clear guidelines for final analyses and report writing give graduate students the efficient format they need. This book teaches theory by interweaving discussion of the major content areas and stories of student success with the concepts that impact practice.
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Chapter 1: Introducing the Three Steps of Action Research: A Tool for Complex Times and Situations
Introducing the Three Steps of Action Research: A Tool for Complex Times and Situations
Action research (AR) and its counterpart, participatory action research (PAR), are powerful tools for people in business, nonprofits, and public administration who seek to create change in complex situations for the sake of sustainable improvement. In this chapter, we introduce the process, discuss why it is important, and explain how you might use it and what strategies you can employ to ensure your success.
We write this book making a few assumptions about you, our reader: Probably you are or have recently been in graduate school. You are an early to midcareer professional in business, nonprofit, or public administration. ...