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The SAGE Handbook of Action Research

The SAGE Handbook of Action Research
Participative Inquiry and Practice

Second Edition
Edited by:

June 2012 | 752 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'For anyone seeking to create meaning out of life, inspire others with publication of research discoveries and insights, and help the world become a better place within which to live and work, action research holds great promise as an approach. The challenge is to do it well and with rigor. The Handbook is a magnificent collection of articles that will help the reader do all of that'

- Richard E. Boyatzis, Case Western Reserve University and ESADE

'This second volume will be a welcome extension of the landmark first volume of the Sage Handbook of Action Research. It effectively secures the field's 'second wave' in a particularly powerful and creative articulation of well-theorised practice. It could not be more timely for a fast-growing field that has attracted recent appreciation from parties as disparate as Shell, 3M, Australian Aboriginal women in outback Australia working to prevent harm to children and the Secretary General of the UN'

- Yoland Wadsworth

'For anyone thinking about or doing action research, this book is an obligatory point of reference. If any one text both maps the action research paradigm, and at the same time moves it on, this is it'

- Bill Cooke, Manchester Business School

Building on the strength of the seminal first edition, The Sage Handbook of Action Research has been completely updated to bring chapters in line with the latest qualitative and quantitative approaches in this field of social inquiry. Editors Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury have introduced new part commentaries that draw links between different contributions and show their interrelations.

Throughout, the contributing authors really engage with the pragmatics of doing action research and demonstrate how this can be a rich and rewarding reflective practice. They tackle questions of how to integrate knowledge with action, how to collaborate with co-researchers in the field, and how to present the necessarily 'messy' components in a coherent fashion. The organization of the volume reflects the many different issues and levels of analysis represented.

This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.

Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury
Introduction to Groundings
Patricia Gayá Wicks, Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury
Living Inquiry
Personal, Political and Philosophical Groundings of Action Research Practice

Marja Liisa Swantz
Participatory Action Research as Practice
Md. Anisur Rahman
Some Trends in the Praxis of Participatory Action Research
Bjørn Gustavsen, Agneta Hansson and Thoralf U Qvale
Action Research and the Challenge of Scope
Hilary Bradbury et al
Action Research at Work
Creating the Future Following the Path from Lewin

Colleen Reid and Wendy Frisby
Continuing the Journey
Articulating the Dimensions of Feminist Participatory Research

M Brinton Lykes and Amelia Mallona
Towards Transformational Liberation
Participatory Action Research and Activist Praxis

Stephen Kemmis
Critical Theory and Participatory Action Research
Ray Ison
Systems Thinking and Practice for Action Research
Kenneth J Gergen and Mary M Gergen
Social Construction and Research as Action
John Gaventa and Andrea Cornwall
Power and Knowledge
Danielle P Zandee and David L Cooperrider
Appreciable Worlds and Inspired Inquiry
Mary Brydon Miller
Ethics and Action Research
Deepening Our Commitment to Principles of Social Justice and Redefining Systems of Democratic Practice

Morten Levin and Davydd Greenwood
The Future of Universities
Action Research and the Transformation of Higher Education

L David Brown and Rajesh Tandon
Action Research, Partnerships and Social Impacts
The Institutional Collaboration of PRIA and IDR

Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury
Introduction to Practices
William R Torbert and Steven S Taylor
Action Inquiry
Interweaving Multiple Qualities of Attention for Timely Action

Victor J Friedman and Tim Rogers
Action Science
Linking Causal Theory and Meaning-Making in Action Research

Edgar H Schein
Clinical Inquiry/Research
James D Ludema and Ronald E Fry
The Practice of Appreciative Inquiry
Robert Chambers
PRA, PLA and Pluralism
Practice and Theory

Mike Pedler and John Burgoyne
Action Learning
Tom Wakeford et al
The Jury Is Out
How Far Can Participatory Projects Go towards Reclaiming Democracy?

George Roth and Hilary Bradbury
Learning History
An Action Research Practice in Support of Actionable Learning

John Heron and Peter Reason
Extending Epistemology within a Co-Operative Inquiry
Ian Hughes
Action Research in Health Care
Ann W Martin
Action Research on a Large Scale
Issues and Practices

Michelle Fine and Maria Elena Torre
Theorizing Audience, Products and Provocation
Sonia Ospina et al
Taking the Action Turn
Lessons from Bringing Participation to Qualitative Research

Hilary Bradbury and Peter Reason
Introduction to Exemplars
Varieties of Action Research

John Heron and Greg Lahood
Charismatic Inquiry in Concert
Action Research in the Realm of 'the between'

Jennifer Mullett
Presentational Knowing
Bridging Experience and Expression with Art, Poetry and Song

Marianne Kristiansen and Jørgen Bloch-Poulsen
Working with 'Not Knowing' amid Power Dynamics among Managers
From Fault-Finding and Exclusion towards Co-Learning and Inclusion

Taj Johns
Learning to Love Our Black Selves
Healing from Internalized Oppressions

Lyle Yorks et al
The Tapestry of Leadership
Lessons from Six Co-Operative Inquiry Groups of Social Justice Leaders

Rita Kowalski, Lyle Yorks and Mariann Jelinek
The Workplace Stress and Aggression Project
Ways of Knowing - Our Rosetta Stone for Practice

Meghna Guhathakurta
Theatre in Participatory Action Research
Experiences from Bangladesh
María Teresa Castillo, María Dolores Viga de Alva and Federico Dickinson
Changing the Culture of Dependancy to Allow for Successful Outcomes in Participatory Research
14 Years of Experience in Yucatan, Mexico

Lai Fong Chui
Health Promotion and Participatory Action Research
The Significance of Participatory Praxis in Developing Participatory Health Intervention

Ernie Stringer
'This Is so Democratic!!' Action Research and Policy Development in East Timor
Gillian Chowns
'No - You Don't Know How We Feel'
Collaborative Inquiry Using Children Facing the Life-Threatening Illness of a Parent

Chris Dymek
IT and Action Sense-Making
Making Sense of a New Technology

Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury
Introduction to Skills
Jill Grant, Geoff Nelson and Terry Mitchell
Negotiating the Challenges of Participatory Action Research
Relationships, Power, Participation, Change and Credibility

Kate Louise McArdle
Getting in, Getting on, Getting out
On Working with Second-Person Inquiry Groups

Jenny Mackewn
Facilitation as Action Research in the Moment
Geoff Mead
Muddling through
Facing the Challenges of Managing a Large-Scale Action Research Project

David Coghlan and A B (Rami) Shani
Insider Action Research
The Dynamics of Developing New Capabilities

Steven S Taylor, Jenny W Rudolph and Erica Gabrielle Foldy
Teaching Reflective Practice in the Action Science / Action Inquiry Tradition
Key Stages, Concepts and Practices

Morten Levin
The Praxis of Educating Action Researchers
Judi Marshall
Finding Form in Writing for Action Research
Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury
Concluding Reflections
Whither Action Research


This is the "go to" book for my students completing their masters theses.

West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
November 14, 2013

A most useful book that will hopefully promote student and practitioner confidence in undertaking action research projects within their placements.

Gavin Millar
Family and Community Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
November 4, 2013

Vital resourse for those in research wether student or supervisor

Mr Noel Ronan
Culinary Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
September 29, 2013

A through but still accessible account of the theory and practice of action research

Mr Robin Miller
Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham University
July 8, 2013

A comprehensive book, perhaps most suited for post-grad students, or those with a current understanding on action research.

Mr Hassan Khalil
Sport & Exercise Science & Sports Ther, Hertfordshire University
June 20, 2013

Comprehensive handbook on Action Research. Essential reading for all those who are interested in managing and influencing informative change.

Ms Julia Calver
UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Metropolitan University
June 2, 2013

This adds to the books that students access regarding Action Research, it will be one we will be recommending.

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
May 14, 2013

this is a great topic missing is action research in the long time frame

Professor Stephen Dobson
insitute of education, Hedmark University College
May 14, 2013

Very helpful for those students intending to undertake research in the accounting and business fields.

Mr Owen Lewis
Swansea Business School, Swansea Metropolitan University
May 2, 2013

A comprehensive overview, which is well worth consulting, if you are working in this area.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
April 17, 2013

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