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.

Introduction to Exemplars
Introduction to exemplars
Svante LifvergrenKent Glenzer

What is an ‘exemplar’ of action research? A standard dictionary definition would suggest it is a model, something to be admired, something that warrants replication. We suspect our authors might prefer a more humble characterization of their work.

The exemplars here are not blueprints to be replicated, nor Weberian ideal types to be pinned like dead butterflies to a display. Each, however, reminds us of action research's remarkable potential for systemic and even inter-generational change. While a perspicacious reader will see in these chapters groundings and practices from other sections of this handbook, six aspects – dare we say good practices – knit together our authors’ efforts to achieve large-scale, emancipatory change.

Dialogues of knowledge

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