The SAGE Handbook of Action Research
Participative Inquiry and Practice
- Peter Reason - University of Bath, UK
- Hilary Bradbury - Oregon Health & Science University, USA
- 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 The SAGE Handbook of Action Research has been completley updated to bring chapters in line with the latest qualitative and quantitative approaches in this field of social inquiry. 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.
This it is a compendium of guidance, reassuring the action researcher of the role of the spirit of inquiry, the often tacit nature of knowledge, the complexity and messiness of the action research process and the organizational and social worlds it inhabits and seeks to change. [...] Those PhD supervisors who have concerns about the link between individual postgraduate research and a wider social change mission have a new ‘bible’ in this handbook, as the relationship is clear throughout between academic knowledge and social and organizational change-focused purposes and practices.
An excellent, well thought out text book that covers all the essential requirements in a practical and logical way.
Simple to read, easy to understand, this makes it an essential text book for anyone considering undertaking action research,
This book presents the latest approaches to the field of social enquiry. It explains the importance of rigor in action research. An excellent resource.
This text gives a wide account of various approaches to Action research and as such it is valuable at upper undergraduate and a really nice scoping text for postgraduate.
This book speaks to particular aspects of action research. It offers insightful readings that offer both scope and depth. I would recommend it any student or researcher engaged in action research or participatory action research as essential reading.
This is an especially useful action research text which is an ideal companion for those heading out for the first time on an action research trail.
The book provides a comprehensive description of action research processes. This is a valuable book for a range of disciplines and could supplement the teaching of research methods at masters or even higher doctoral supervisory levels.
This is an excellent resource text for all levels of study in the area of action research. We have asked all of our students to purchase a copy of the text and added it to our essential purchase order for the College's Resource Centre.
Thank you for sending this book - it has been adopted as essential reading for this module
This book has been included in our expansive education research hub and recommended to postgraduate students.