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 1: Introduction to Practices
The diverse action research practices in this section have been used to inquire ‘into questions that are professionally or personally developmental, socially controversial, or require social healing’ (cooperative inquiry, citizen jury), ‘to enable … excluded people to gain more control of their lives and to release … locked up assets’ (appreciative inquiry), and to generate contextual knowledge about specific community needs that dominant research practices ignore (community-based participatory research [CBPR]). These practices have been used to engage, sustain, and scale ‘movement networks’ (Network Innovation Lab) across a whole ecosystem (awareness-based action research), and to create specific local ‘third places – a home away from home – that afford comfort and engagement’ (World Café) to help ...