Since its first publication, Action Research: Principles and Practice has become a key text in its field. This new updated edition clearly describes and explains the practices of action research and its underlying values, and introduces important new ideas, including: all professionals should be reflective practitioners; they should produce their personal theories of practice to show how they are holding themselves accountable for their educational influences in learning; the stories they produce become a new people's history of action research, with potential for influencing new futures. This new edition has expanded in scope, to contribute to diverse fields including professional development across the sectors and the disciplines. It considers the current field, including its problems as well as its considerable hopes and prospects for new thinking and practices. Now fully updated, this book contains: A wealth of case-study material New chapters on the educational significance of action research An overview of methodological and ethical discussion The book is a valuable addition to the literature on research methods in education and nursing and healthcare, and professional education, and contributes to contemporary debates about the generation and dissemination of knowledge and its potential influence for wider social and environmental contexts. Practitioners across the professions who are planning action research in their own work settings will find this book a helpful introduction to the subject while those studying on higher degree courses will find it an indispensable resource.
Intro Action Research: Principles and practice Copyright Contents List of figures List of contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: What do we know? The principles of action research Chapter 1 What do we know? The principles of action research Chapter 2 How do we come to know? Linking theory and practice Chapter 3 Who has influenced our thinking? Key theorists in action research Chapter 4 What do we need to know? Exercising educational influence Part II: What do we do with our knowledge? The practices of action research Chapter 5 How do we do action research? Planning and doing a project Chapter 6 Monitoring practice, gathering data, generating evidence, and ethics Chapter 7 Practical issues Part III: How do we share our knowledge? Writing up and making public Chapter 8 Testing the validity of knowledge claims Chapter 9 Writing and presenting action research reports Chapter 10 Judging quality and demonstrating impact: The significance of your action research Part IV: How do we use our knowledge? Action research for good order Chapter 11 Action research for personal, social and institutional transformation Chapter 12 Action research for good order Part V: Hopes and prospects Chapter 13 Whither action research? Notes References Index.
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