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The SAGE Handbook of Action Research

The SAGE Handbook of Action Research

Third Edition
Edited by:

June 2015 | 856 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The third edition of The SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents an updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials.

Building on the strength of the previous landmark editions, Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed this edition to ensure it follows in their footsteps by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today.

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

Hilary Bradbury
Introduction: How to Situate and Define Action Research
Alfredo Ortiz Aragón and María Teresa Castillo-Burguete
Introduction to Practices
Hilary Bradbury, George Roth, Margaret Gearty
The Practice of Learning History: Local and Open System Approaches
Robert Chambers
PRA, PLA and Pluralism: Practice and Theory
David Coghlan and A.B. Shani
Developing the Practice of Leading Change through Insider Action Research: A Dynamic Capability Perspective
Graham Duncan
Innovations In Appreciative Inquiry: Critical Appreciative Inquiry With Excluded Pakistani Women
Aftab Erfan and Bill Torbert
Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry
Elza Falkembach and Alfonso Torres Carillo
Systematization of Experiences: A Practice of Participatory Research from Latin America
David M. Fetterman
Empowerment Evaluation and Action Research: A Convergence of Values, Principles, and Purpose
Victor J. Friedman and Jay Rothman
Action Evaluation: An Action Research Practice for the Participative Definition, Monitoring, and Assessment of Success in Social Innovation and Conflict Engagement
Meghna Guhathakurta
Theatre in Participatory Action Research: Experiences from Bangladesh
Michael Krot and Lisa Stefanac
Using T-Groups to Develop Action Research Skills In Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous Environments
Hok Bun Ku & Jackie Y. C. Kwok
The Action Research Practice of Urban Planning — An Example from Hong Kong
M. Brinton Lykes and Holly Scheib
The artistry of emancipatory practice: Photovoice, creative techniques, and feminist anti-racist participatory action research
Diana McLain Smith
Action Science Revisited: Building Knowledge Out of Practice to Transform Practice
Gerald Midgley
Systemic Intervention
Christina Nicolaidis and Dora Raymaker
Community Based Participatory Research with communities defined by race, ethnicity, and disability: Translating theory to practice
Mike Pedler and John Burgoyne
Action Learning
Elissa Perry, Robin Katcher, Mark Leach and Laurie Mazur
The Network Leadership Innovation Lab: A Practice for Social Change
Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer
Awareness-Based Action Research: Catching Social Reality Creation in Flight
Frederick Steier, Juanita Brown and Flavio Mesquita da Silva
The World Café in Action Research Settings
Jo Tacchi
Ethnographic Action Research: Media, information and communicative ecologies for development initiatives
Tom Wakeford, Michel Pimbert and Erin Walcon
Re-Fashioning Citizens’ Juries: Participatory Democracy In Action
Jack Whitehead
The practice of helping students to find their first person voice in creating living-theories for Education
Lyle Yorks
The Practice of Teaching Co-operative Inquiry
Svante Lifvergren and Kent Glenzer
Introduction to Exemplars
Oguz N. Babüroglu, Gülru Z. Göker, Emre Koyuncu
Symbiosis of Action Research and Deliberative Democracy in the Context of Participatory Constitution-Making
Rebecca Boden, Davydd Greenwood, Budd Hall, Morten Levin, Judi Marshall, and Susan Wright
Action Research in Universities and Higher Education Worldwide
María Teresa Castillo-Burguete, Carmen García-Gómez, Pedro Castro-Borges and Federico Dickinson
‘I’m not afraid of him; that dog barks but he don’t bite’. PAR processes, gender equity and emancipation with women in Yucatan, Mexico
Kent Glenzer, Elisa Martinez, and Michael Drinkwater
Insurgent inquiry: Connecting action research, impact evaluation, and global strategy in a rights-based international development NGO
Hsiao-Chuan Hsia
Action Research with Marginalized Immigrants’ Coming to Voice: Twenty Years of Social Movement Support in Taiwan and Still Going
Tina Koch
Improving health and well being: Researching alongside marginalized people across diverse domains
Svante Lifvergren, Tony Huzzard and Andreas Hellström
After a Decade of Action Research: Impactful Systems Improvement in Swedish Healthcare
Katrin Muff
Action Research As A Transformative Force In Management Education: Introducing The Collaboratory
Ernie Stringer
Achieving Equity in Education
Hilary Bradbury
Introduction to Groundings
Olav Eikeland
Praxis – Retrieving the Roots of Action Research
Gil Coleman
Core Issues in Modern Epistemology for Action Researchers: dancing between knower and known
Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen
Social Construction and Research as Action
Bjørn Gustavsen and Øyvind Pålshaugen
How to succeed in action research without really acting: Tracing the development of action research to constructivist practice in organizational worklife
David Coghlan
Organization Development: Action Research for Organizational Change
Davydd J. Greenwood
Evolutionary Systems Thinking: What Gregory Bateson, Kurt Lewin, and Jacob Moreno Offered to Action Research That Still Remains to be Learned
Danny Burns
How Change Happens: The implications of complexity and systems thinking for Action Research
Benyamin Lichtenstein
Complex Systems and Emergence in Action Research
Stephen Kemmis, Robin McTaggart and Rhonda Nixon
Critical theory and critical participatory action research
John Gaventa and Andrea Cornwall
Power and Knowledge
Danilo R. Streck and Oscar Jara Holiday
Research, Participation and Social Transformation: Grounding Systematization of Experiences in Latin American Perspectives
George Ladaah Openjuru, Namrata Jaitli, Rajesh Tandon and Budd Hall
Knowledge Democracy, Community Based Action Research, The Global South And The Excluded North
Marja-Liisa Swantz
Participatory Action Research: Its Origins and Future in Women’s Ways
Erica Gabrielle Foldy
The Location of Race in Action Research
Lauren Martin
Sex and Sensibilities: Doing Action Research while Respecting Even Inspiring Dignity
Chiara Certomà and Michel Pimbert
Crowdsourcing and Action Research. Fostering people’s participation in research through digital media
Dariusz Jemielniak
Naturally emerging regulation and the danger of delegitimizing conventional leadership: Drawing on the example of Wikipedia
Dusty Columbia Embury
Action Research in an Online World
Steve Waddell, Milla McLachlan, Greta Meszoely and Sandra Waddock
Large Scale Change Action Research
Gabriele Bammer
Companions to Action Research: Reaching beyond our networks to build alignments and a common repository of resources
Peter Reason and Susan Canney
Action Research and Ecological Practice
Anne Stephens
Ecofeminism and systems thinking: Shared ethics of care for action research
Hilary Bradbury
The Integrating (Feminine) Reach Of Action Research: A Nonet For Epistemological Voice
Debra Merskin and Debra Durham
Expanding Reach and Justice with PAR: Working with More Than Humans
Dusty Columbia Embury
Introduction to Skills
Mary Brydon-Miller, Amy Rector Aranda, and Douglas M. Stevens
Widening the Circle: Ethical Reflection in Action Research and the Practice of Structured Ethical Reflection
Jacques M. Chevalier, Daniel J. Buckles and Michelle Bourassa
The Skillful Means of Engaged Research
Hanne Heen
Feelings in first person action research
Elaine Herdman-Barker and Aftab Erfan
Clearing Obstacles: An Exercise to Expand a Person’s Repertoire of Action
Noriyuki Inoue
A cross-cultural approach with East-Asian epistemology: Developing soft skills in action research
David McCallum and Aliki Nicolaides
Cultivating Intention (As we enter the fray): The Practice of Embodying Presence, Awareness, and Purpose as Action Researchers
Grady McGonagill and Dana Carman
Holding Theory Skillfully in Consulting Interventions
Angie P. Mejia
You Better Check Your Method Before You Wreck Your Method: Challenging and Transforming Photovoice
Michael O’Rourke, Chad Gonnerman, Stephen J. Crowley, and Troy E. Hall
Discovering Philosophical Assumptions That Guide Action Research: The Reflexive Toolbox Approach
Alfredo Ortiz Aragón and Juan Carlos Giles Macedo
Radical epistemology as caffeine for social change
Charles J. Palus and John B. McGuire
Mediated dialogue in action research
Timothy Pyrch
Teaching The Heart of Action Research Skills: Breaking Free in the Classroom
Yumi Sera
Practice of Mindful Intuition: Bi-Directional Openness: The Skill of Expressing And Sensing Leadership That Serves a Group
Howard Silverman
Designerly Ways for Action Research
Nicole A. Steckler and James J. Huntzicker
Nurturing Creative Destruction: Bringing Management Mindsets and Influence Skillsets to Health Care
Steven S. Taylor, Jenny W. Rudolph, and Erica Gabrielle Foldy
Teaching and Learning Reflective Practice in the Action Science/Action Inquiry Tradition
Emily van der Meulen
From Research “On” to Research “With”: Developing Skills for Research with Sex Workers
Yoland Wadsworth
Shared inquiry capabilities and differing inquiry preferences: Navigating ‘full cycle’ iterations of action research
Nancy C. Wallis
Unlocking the Secrets of Personal and Systemic Power: The Power Lab and Action Inquiry in the Classroom

The Editor's Introduction is elegant, graceful, epistemologically extended and conceptually comprehensive, with an abundance of integrated heart-head wisdom, and deeply committed to the flourishing of our planet through collaborative and transformative inquiring practice. It heralds exactly the coming of age of action research in this third edition of the Handbook, evident in the rich diversity of eighty chapters covering Practices, Exemplars, Groundings and Skills, which reveal overall a mature readiness of researchers to take on global challenges by developing local, radical, participatory practical knowledge.

John Heron
South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, Auckland, New Zealand
Key features

New to the Third Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Action Research:

  • Of the 80 chapters in the handbook, 70 are completely new and the remaining 10 have been substantially revised
  • The new chapters are written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development
  • An expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials
  • Of the 80 chapters in the handbook, 70 are completely new and the remaining 10 have been substantially revised
  • The new chapters are written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development
  • An expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials

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