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 51: Crowdsourcing and Action Research. Fostering People's Participation in Research through Digital Media
Web 2.0, mobile applications, big-data systems, virtual environments and simulations, geographical information systems and social networks are nowadays pervading and transforming social life. They are all radically affecting our way of understanding and acting in the real world. The increasingly widespread presence of social media in virtually every domain of private and public life opens up the possibility of using crowdsourcing processes to transcend the divide between experiential knowledge, the production of formal science and sociopolitical decision-making. Crowdsourcing makes this potentially possible by expanding people's perception, data elaboration and sharing, analysis and capacity for agency. Basically crowdsourcing means that ...