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.

Discovering Philosophical Assumptions that Guide Action Research: The Reflexive Toolbox Approach

Discovering Philosophical Assumptions that Guide Action Research: The Reflexive Toolbox Approach

Discovering philosophical assumptions that guide action research: The reflexive toolbox approach
Chad GonnermanMichael O’RourkeStephen J. CrowleyTroy E. Hall

Reflexivity is a complex phenomenon. In this chapter, we are primarily interested in reflexivity as a process of discovering for oneself and one's audiences the perspectival features (e.g. background assumptions, social positions, and biases) that shape one's judgments, decisions, and behaviors. So understood, reflexivity isn't always a good idea. Sometimes thinking can get in the way of doing. (Downhill ski racing springs to mind.) But for some activities, such as action research, reflexivity is critical for doing the activity well with others. While the value of reflexivity for action research is well understood, we believe that there ...

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