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 58: The Integrating (Feminine) Reach of Action Research: A Nonet for Epistemological Voice
Since the first Handbook of Action Research, many action researchers have begun to use the concept of ‘first, second and third person action research/practice'. The term originates with Bill Torbert in his articulation of the practice of action inquiry (Torbert, 1997, see also Erfan and Torbert, Chapter 6, this volume) and we see a number of chapters in this volume also that refer to and illustrate the concept. The potency of the concept seems to lie in acknowledging the interdependence and the legitimacy of three voices of epistemology – objective knowledge (third person action research), subjective (first person action research), ...