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.

Companions to Action Research: Reaching Beyond our Networks to Build Alignments and a Common Repository of Resources
Companions to action research: Reaching beyond our networks to build alignments and a common repository of resources
Gabriele Bammer
Introduction

Action research is one of a number of approaches which, collectively, focus on one or more of:

  • Bridging understanding and action: combining increased understanding of the problem with action to ameliorate it.
  • The systems nature of the problem: examining the interrelationships between various aspects of the problem, as well as the broader issues the problem relates to and those interconnections.
  • Problem context: understanding the political, economic, social, historical and other circumstances and how they impact on the problem at the time of study.
  • Values: making the values about the problem and about research explicit.
  • Unknowns: ...
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