ABSTRACT

Action research continues to see a growth in interest both internationally and across disciplines. This book demonstrates the diversity in settings and focus for action research and provides a guide to its core aspiration: to achieve principled change. Written by authors from a range of countries and range of disciplines (including education, health care, palliative care, social work and community development), this book answers these key questions:

  • How can action research be used to achieve principled change?
  • How has action research been applied in various disciplines and in different countries?
  • What can be learnt about the conduct of action research from these diverse settings?

By means of detailed case studies of successful projects and discussions that challenge and raise theoretical questions, this book explores some of the contemporary cutting edge applications and conceptualisations of action research.

Action research paves the way for the empowerment of people involved in social action, and the examples of successful change processes that are the core of this book will prove inspirational and provide practical advice. Written by a range of leading international researchers in the field, this book will define the future for action research for years to come.

chapter |7 pages

Introduction: about CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network)

ByTHOMAS STERN, ANDREW TOWNSEND, FRANZ RAUCH

chapter 1|19 pages

Innovation in education through action research

ByHERBERT ALTRICHTER, PETER POSCH

chapter 3|14 pages

Addressing end-of-life issues through peer education and action research

ByKATHERINE FROGGATT WITH GAIL CAPSTICK, OLIVER COLES,

chapter 4|16 pages

The International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research: legitimating the science and ensuring quality

ByMICHAEL T. WRIGHT, TINA COOK, JANE SPRINGETT

chapter 5|16 pages

Research as empowerment: blending PAR with community development

ByKAREN MCARDLE

chapter 6|12 pages

Empowering young care leavers through peer research

ByRALUCA VERWEIJEN-SLAMNESCU AND SHARN BOWLEY WITH

chapter 7|19 pages

Powerful partnership in a schools–university research collaboration

ByJOANNE WATERHOUSE, ROS MCLELLAN, COLLEEN

chapter 10|13 pages

Learning to guide open inquiry: from self-experience to transfer into teaching

ByERIKA KELLER, SANDRA PUDDU

chapter 12|14 pages

Action research with chemistry teachers in Israel

ByRACHEL MAMLOK-NAAMAN

chapter 14|19 pages

What is good action research? Reflections about quality criteria

ByTHOMAS STERN