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 19: Awareness-Based Action Research: Catching Social Reality Creation in Flight
‘The blind spot in cognition science is experience', the late Francisco Varela told us in an interview in 1996. ‘Everyone thinks we know how to access experience. I claim we don't'. (Varela 2000, sec. II)
When we realized how deeply Varela's claim resonated with change makers, leaders, and action researchers, we went back to him in January 2000 to ask whether he had done any further research on this. He responded that he had spent the previous four years on just that topic and had identified three methods of accessing our experience: psychological introspection, phenomenology, and Eastern methods of meditation.
Varela synthesized the essence of these three ...