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 2: The Practice of Learning History: Local and Open System Approaches
‘Learning history’ is an action research practice. The goal of a learning history is to capture and share what an innovating group has learned. Originally a form of organizational knowledge management, increasingly we see learning histories being applied in support of social and environmental change initiatives. The process involves convening salient stakeholders, i.e. those participants with a stake in the change underway, and facilitating reflection aimed at enabling a future they desire. Uniquely the learning history then provides an artifact, somewhat like developmental psychologist Donald Winnicott called a ‘transitional object', to help users transition from the current state to a desired future ...