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 38: Social Construction and Research as Action
This chapter treats the significant relationship between the emergence of social constructionist ideas in the social sciences and the concomitant flowering of action research. After outlining major features of constructionist thought, attention is given to the dialogic relations between these ideas and action research developments. Strong convergences are found in the emphasis on research as political action, replacing methodological individualism with a collaborative epistemology, moving from a vision of research as mapping to one of world making, and the priority of pragmatics in evaluating research outcomes over vindicating theory. Additionally, the ways in which constructionist ideas can prove catalytic in the future development of action research is described. Special ...