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 20: The World Café in Action Research Settings
Action research is a way of knowing rooted in engagement. This engagement derives from diverse forms of relationships, including relationships between people, and between people and places and things. What is clear is that the culture of inquiry that is action research, whatever form it takes, requires attention to the relationships that allow it to unfold.
Connected to this focus on engagement and relationships, action research has, at its heart, a participatory worldview. This is firmly expressed by Reason and Bradbury in their introductory chapter in the Handbook of Action Research, where they offer their working definition of action research:
Is a participatory democratic process concerned with developing ...