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 60: Introduction to Skills
Working with Hilary Bradbury on editing this section has been a tremendous learning experience. As a relative newcomer to the field of action research (AR) I sometimes find myself a bit intimidated as I wander through the stacks of important books and pioneering papers, and somewhat lost in my searching for and learning about communities of practice. My wandering through written words and the World Wide Web as well as word of mouth is, perhaps, all just a part of the experience of learning to appreciate and understand the very real need for AR in this time and place. Through this work of co-editing, however, I have gained a much greater appreciation than I thought possible for ...