Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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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.
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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 DemocracyA History of Action ResearchAction Research Cases from Practice 1 The Stories of Stongfjorden and MondragónPART TWO: SCIENCE, EPISTEMOLOGY AND PRACTICE IN ACTION RESEARCHScientific Methods and Action ResearchAn Epistemological Foundation for Action ResearchThe 'Friendly Outsider' Knowledge and Skills in Action ResearchLocal Knowledge, Co-Generative Research and NarrativityPART THREE: VARIETIES OF ACTION RESEARCH PRAXIS: LIBERATING HUMAN POTENTIALAction Research Cases from Practice IIPragmatic Action ResearchEmpowerment and Liberation Southern Participatory Action Research and Contemporary Feminist AnalysesAction Science and Organizational LearningHuman Inquiry, Co-Operative Inquiry and Action InquiryEducational StrategiesParticipatory Evaluation and Participatory Rural Appraisal