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Action Research

Action Research

Fourth Edition

Community is not a place. It is a state of mind.

August 2013 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In the Fourth Edition of Action Research, author Ernest T. Stringer provides clear guidelines to enable novice practitioner researchers to move comfortably through a process of inquiry that provides effective solutions to problems in the work and lives of those participating in the research. The Fourth Edition provides a simple but highly effective model for approaching action research; Look: building a picture and gathering information, Think: interpreting and explaining, and Act: resolving issues and problems. "Biographical Bulletins" punctuate the text to clarify meaning and to increase understanding of relevant facets of research processes. This best-selling text is appropriate for educational, business, health, and social work settings.

New to this Edition:

A new chapter on using social media to enhance action research processes

An extended description of online sites related to action research

Major additions that strengthen the theoretical foundations of action research

An extended discussion of the literature on action research

Egon G. Guba
About the Author
1. Research in Professional and Public Life
2. The Theory Behind the Practice
3. Setting the Stage: Planning a Research Process
4. Look: Gathering Data
5. Think: Reflection and Analysis
6. Act: Action Plans -- Implementing Sustainable Solutions
7. Strategic Planning
8. Reports: Informing Stakeholders
9. Action Research and the Internet

Useful for students new to AR or those who are gaining competency. Used in both MA and doctoral level tutorial work.

Dr William Prevette
Practitioner Research, The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
August 15, 2014

This text is a deceptively slim volume that encourages the reader to consider the essentials of AR in a very readable and yet rich presentation. The material is relevant to researchers of differing experience and ability who are drawn to qualitative methodology, and as such anyone studying a course where they are required to undertake practitioner based research will benefit. The author is clearly well versed in his subject and this shows in the well crafted presentation.
The students on the course that directly precedes the one for which I sought this book are all relatively new to the idea of researching anything other than their weekly shopping and yet the few who so far have accepted my recommendation to read this text are already able to demonstrate greater awareness of the methods they will be using in their respective small scale research projects on the next course. I am therefore recommending it as essential reading for all students on all of our courses who need to demonstrate understanding of a range of approaches to research.

Mr Andrew Thorne
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
May 27, 2014

This is a great book and it was a toss-up between this text and Holly's Action Research for Teachers. We may switch to this one in the future depending on how students do with the alternative.

Professor Deborah Nary
Education, Franklin Pierce University
May 9, 2014

Very clear description of how to take part in action research, use of language was appropriate and learners will find this useful to help with the course

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
April 2, 2014

I found a text I liked better.

West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
March 3, 2014

I use it in a required course that is taught twice a year to a small group of students for more personal interaction. I have used the text in another course for several years, and found that the overview helps the students to grasp important concepts for action research.

Dr David Osborn
Religion Dept, Denver Seminary
February 28, 2014

A great way to start an action research project from one of the experts in the field.

Mrs Michelle Grainger
Sheffield Centre, LifeSkills
February 16, 2014

best overview of action research out there. Perfect for class--students loved it.

David Shriberg
Psychology Dept, Loyola University-Watertower
December 21, 2013

This is an easy to understand handbook that guides the student throughout the process of action research in a comprehensive way.It will be an invaluable companion to health students who want to learn more about or engage in their own action research. The use of real life examples helps to bring action research to life in a way that fosters greater understanding. The summary boxes throughout each chapter is an excellent tool to reflect on the learning taking place.

Mrs Linda Robson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
December 17, 2013

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