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 72: Teaching the Heart of Action Research Skills: Breaking Free in the Classroom
Students have a fear of the unknown as they enter their first research course. My job is to reduce that fear while countering it with student confidence in themselves, with one another and with me. I model the skills appropriate to facilitating that transition while asking my students to practice these very same skills as a course requirement. At the same time, I encourage them to explore the value base underlying these skills, sceptical and critical of the procedures they are learning. Acquiring these critical qualities in the midst of the dominant power structures of the education system is an ...