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.

Holding Theory Skillfully in Consulting Interventions

Holding Theory Skillfully in Consulting Interventions

Holding theory skillfully in consulting interventions
Grady McGonagillDana Carman

Both of the authors have experienced career-altering encounters with action science and integral theory, respectively. These encounters were liberating in that they shifted our view of reality and opened up new horizons. Yet our use of these theories and related practices also turned out to be limiting when we relied on them too heavily. We have therefore both become humbly aware of ways in which the unconscious influence of prior experience has shaped our behavior, leading to misuse of otherwise useful theories. Eventually both of us have been able to integrate these particular theories into our respective toolkits with a humble recognition of their limitations, loosening the grip of an over-attachment ...

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