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 36: Praxis – Retrieving the Roots of Action Research
Knowing the roots of action research, historical, philosophical, and otherwise, is useful for several reasons. First, we learn from earlier conceptualizations, developments, and approaches not to commit similar errors, nor to underestimate counter-forces. Second, we are all carriers of traditions as inheritors and products of our chain of predecessors’ approaches and routines, personally, institutionally, and otherwise, defining our points of view and hermeneutical horizons. Making this embeddedness in certain traditions and discourses conscious makes it possible to liberate ourselves from their ingrained ‘basic assumptions': we may ‘rise above’ and achieve critical distance and discernment, realizing that similar conclusions may be drawn from quite different premises through so-called ‘overlapping consensus’ ...