ISBN-10:
0761916768
ISBN-13:
9780761916765
Pub. Date:
09/25/1998
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change / Edition 1

Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change / Edition 1

by Davydd James Greenwood, Morten Levin

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Overview

How do social researchers know how to select the action research (AR) approach most appropriate for their study? This book provides an overview of the different approaches. The authors introduce the history, philosophy, social change agenda, methodologies, ethical arguments for, and fieldwork tools of AR. They present an extensive range of cases, some from their own experience and, untypically, they rehearse failures as well as successes.
The book will prove invaluable for both newcomers and experienced researchers and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761916765
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/25/1998
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Davydd J. Greenwood, Ph.D., At Cornell University for 37 years, Greenwood has conducted action research in the Spanish Basque Country, Spain’s La Mancha region, in Upstate New York, and in research universities, Greenwood has published Industrial Democracy as Process: Participatory Action Research in the Fagor Cooperative Group of Mondragón (with cooperative members); Teaching Participatory Action Research in the University in Studies in Continuing Education (with the students from the class), and Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change, first and second editions (with Morten Levin), Action Research: The Scandinavian Action Research Development Program, and articles and chapters in the Action Research, the International Journal of Action Research, the Handbook of Qualitative Inquiry, and the Handbook of Action Research. Davydd is working with the CIREM Foundation in Spain on a small business development program based on action research strategies including the construction of small business networks that create co-generative learning arenas. This involves two small business networks in Spain’s La Mancha region, one in Catalonia, and one in Madrid. Davydd is in the fifth year of an international project on the future of public higher education institutions with a particular emphasis on strategies for defending the “public goods” universities once created through action research strategies that engage cross-disciplinary stakeholder teams with external university constituencies in creating co-generative learning/action arenas that could reinvigorate public and political support for higher education. Morten Levin is a partner in both of these projects and Davydd and Morten are now initiating a period of examination of the concepts and practices of academic freedom from an action research perspective.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: WHAT IS ACTION RESEARCH?
Introduction
Action Research, Diversity and Democracy
A History of Action Research
Action Research Cases from Practice 1
The Stories of Stongfjorden and Mondragón
PART TWO: SCIENCE, EPISTEMOLOGY AND PRACTICE IN ACTION RESEARCH
Scientific Methods and Action Research
An Epistemological Foundation for Action Research
The 'Friendly Outsider'
Knowledge and Skills in Action Research
Local Knowledge, Co-Generative Research and Narrativity
PART THREE: VARIETIES OF ACTION RESEARCH PRAXIS: LIBERATING HUMAN POTENTIAL
Action Research Cases from Practice II
Pragmatic Action Research
Empowerment and Liberation
Southern Participatory Action Research and Contemporary Feminist Analyses
Action Science and Organizational Learning
Human Inquiry, Co-Operative Inquiry and Action Inquiry
Educational Strategies
Participatory Evaluation and Participatory Rural Appraisal

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