The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.
Chapter 14: Action Science Revisited: Building Knowledge Out of Practice to Transform Practice
Over the course of 30 years, I have tilled a lot of organizational soil within the action science tradition, first under the tutelage of its founder, Chris Argyris, then with my colleagues, Bob Putnam and Phil McArthur. As an action scientist, I build theories out of practice that can be used to transform practice and the organizational context in which it is situated. To build such theories, I work with practitioners to create communities of inquiry within communities of practice by enacting behavioral norms that make inquiry more reliable and fruitful.
Action scientists use the term ‘action’ to signal a commitment to ...