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 Groundings
Introduction to groundings
Hilary Bradbury

The Groundings section of The Handbook of Action Research is intended to articulate the multifaceted worldview that gives rise to our work as action researchers. The world is not self-explanatory, but a product of experience, perception, and conceptualization. Articulating our worldview is therefore an act of finding ground under our feet (hence Groundings) whereby we come to know both what we know and that we know.

These chapters introduce and discuss many of the kinds of concepts and contexts that explain how action researchers think and practice. They are mostly explanatory in nature, epistemological in character.

The more practitioner oriented of us might wonder is it necessary to expend so much intellectual resource on this obviously reflective component of our ...

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