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 41: Evolutionary Systems Thinking: What Gregory Bateson, Kurt Lewin, and Jacob Moreno Offered to Action Research that Still Remains to be Learned
Many action researchers acknowledge Kurt Lewin as a key figure. Some acknowledge Gregory Bateson's concepts of systems and deutero-learning. Few know who Jacob Moreno is. Lewin and Bateson are linked conceptually and connect action research both to general systems theory (GST) and evolutionary theory and method. Moreno was also a systems thinker who linked therapy, systems theory, and psychodrama in a powerful and, as yet, largely untapped (by action research) way. Knowing about their views helps explain why action research rejects ...