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.

The Skillful Means of Engaged Research
The skillful means of engaged research
Jacques M. ChevalierDaniel J. BucklesMichelle Bourassa

Conventional views on science treat the mastery of small-m methods and tools simply as means towards ends. The skillful means of engaged research described in this chapter head in a different direction, towards the embeddedness of ends in means. We argue that the way we carry out research is as critical as the learning and the transformation we seek.

The expression skillful means is our adaptation of the Buddhist concept of upaya-kaushalya, also known as the craft of compassion. It refers to the art of bringing out potentialities in specific learning contexts and creating a shift in understanding and the way we live our lives. When seen from this ...

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