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.

Clearing Obstacles: An Exercise to Expand a Person's Repertoire of Action

Clearing Obstacles: An Exercise to Expand a Person's Repertoire of Action

Clearing obstacles: An exercise to expand a person’s repertoire of action
Elaine Herdman-BarkerAftab Erfan

Among the skills that action researchers need to develop, reflective practice or self-inquiry may well be at the top of the list (Schön, 1983). There are many avenues into reflective practice. In this chapter, we introduce an idea and a simple exercise for getting insights into the intended and unintended impacts of our habits of mind, as we all attempt to engage productively in the world.

We begin here with the idea that we all bring to our work an internal ‘action-logic’ – that is, a particular way of organizing and interpreting the behaviours of others and of ourselves. Our action-logic is ...

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