This latest edition of Resources for Nursing Research provides a comprehensive bibliography of sources on nursing research and includes references for books, journal papers and Internet resources. This Fourth Edition covers the disciplines of nursing, health care, and the social sciences.

Non-Experimental Designs

Non-experimental designs

Action Research/Participative Inquiry

‘The participatory action research strategy has a double objective. One aim is to produce knowledge and action directly useful to a group of people. … [A further] aim is to empower people at a second and deeper level through the process of constructing and using their own knowledge.’ (Denzin & Lincoln, 1994: 328)

Definitions [See Appendix D for Sources]

Action research – research, where instead of minimizing the impact of the investigations on the subjects or individuals under study, changes are purposefully introduced in order to study what, if any, effects occur

Participatory action research – … engages people in examining their knowledge (understandings, skills and values) and interpretive categories (the ways they interpret themselves and their action in the social and material ...

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