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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Final Touches and Emancipatory Potential

Final touches and emancipatory potential

Now we come to the end of our journey through the practical considerations faced when doing AR. Key issues that will make or break your success include not only how you do AR but how you tie those actions together with the methodology through reflexion, reflection, and a coherent discussion of theory.

We return here to the theme of the emancipatory potential of AR to free and transform the researcher, the local situation, and sometimes even to reshape the workings of the world as experienced around the project. While your first AR projects will likely be more narrowly focused, aimed at completing a project at your university using this methodology, we want to close by reminding you ...

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