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.

Core Issues in Modern Epistemology for Action Researchers: Dancing Between Knower and Known
Core issues in modern epistemology for action researchers: Dancing between knower and known
Gill Coleman

I have had the pleasure to work with a wide range of practitioners over the last couple of decades as they have undertaken action research dissertations for Masters and Doctoral degrees. In general, I have found them to be not particularly interested in, and sometimes a bit intimated by the ‘-ologies’ in academic research – ontology, epistemology and methodology – although the boundary between them is not always as clear as some theories suggest. Action researchers tend to choose action research because of its action orientation – they want to get things done and make some kind of ...

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