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Understand how action works in the practice of research with SAGE Reference's The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research

September 4, 2014

Los Angeles - What’s the best way to get people or organizations to act? Can the action be measured? How do you start? The term action research is used to describe the approaches that integrate the research theories with the action itself. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research, new from SAGE Reference,explores the entire field, starting with the roots of the methodologies from the 1940s, then all the way to the current, cutting-edge research.

Action research is now an area of high popularity among academics and researchers from various fields, especially business and organization studies, education, health care, nursing, development studies, and social and community work. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research brings together all those strands. Addressing the interplay between the disciplines in a state-of-the-art overview and providing a comprehensive breakdown of the key tenets and methods of action research, this reference also details the work of key theorists and contributors to the field. Readers will peruse more than 300 cross-referenced A-to-Z articles, each written by a distinguished scholar and all organized in a Reader’s Guide within these themes:

  • Biographies
  • Concepts
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Goals
  • Methods
  • Methodologies
  • Methodological Issues
  • Organizations and Movements
  • Philosophical Underpinnings
  • Settings
  • Skills
  • Spirituality
  • Theories
  • Tools

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Researchgives clarity to the variety of research in this exploding field, as well as providing further readings, cross-references, and a detailed index. Academics and researchers in action research will be looking for this key resource at all their academic, school, and public libraries. A FREE 30-day online trial is available at


Co-Editor David Coghlan is an action research scholar and an adjunct professor at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and a Fellow Emeritus of the college. Co-Editor Mary Brydon-Miller directs the University of Cincinnati’s Action Research Center and is Professor of Educational and Community-based Action Research in the Educational Studies Program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research

October 2014                                     904 pages
ISBN: 978-1-8492-0027-1                                Print Price: $350
eISBN: 978-1-4462-9440-6                   

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