Action Research

ISBN-10: 1452205086

ISBN-13: 9781452205083

Edition: 4th 2014

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This book serves as an invaluable guide to novice researchers that enables readers to understand how the research procedures work in real-life contexts. This text also provides a resource for a wide range of courses that include students from a diversity of disciplines, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and national origins. Its simple and engaging style makes it especially relevant to those working with children, young adults, or people in community contexts. It is particularly relevant to those dealing with issues of diversity, and marginalized and disenfranchised groups.
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Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Ernest T. Stringer is author of numerous influential books on action research, including Action Research in Education (2008), Action Research in Health (with Bill Genat, 2004), and Action Research in Human Services (with Rosalie Dwyer, 2005). After an early career as primary teacher and school principal, Stringer served as lecturer in education at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. From the mid-eighties, based at Curtin's Centre for Aboriginal Studies, he worked collaboratively with Aboriginal staff and community people to develop a wide variety of innovative and highly successful education and community development programs and services. As visiting professor at the University of New Mexico and Texas A&M, he has taught research methods courses and engaged in projects with African American and Latino community and neighborhood groups. As a UNICEF consultant, he recently engaged in a major project to increase parent participation in the schools in East Timor. Stringer has served (until prior to publication of this book) as a member of the editorial board of the Action Research Journal and is past president of the Action Learning and Action Research Association (ALARA).

About the Author
Research in Professional and Public Life
The Purposes and Applications of Action Research: Who Does Action Research, and Why Do They Do It?
Action Research: Systematic Processes of Inquiry
Making a Difference: Practical, Solutions-Oriented Inquiry
Participatory Approaches to Inquiry
The Role of the Researcher
Working Principles
The Theory Behind the Practice
The Theoretical Foundations of Action Research
The Place of Theory in Action Research
The Theory Behind the Practice
"But It's Not Scientific": The Question of Legitimacy
Power, Control, and Subordination
Understanding Power and Control: Postmodern Perspectives
Action Research: The Next Generation
Giving Voice: Representing People's Experience
Changing Work and Social Practices: "Scripts" for Policies, Plans, and Procedures
What We Learn From the Literature
In the Company of Friends
Setting the Stage: Planning a Research Process
Designing Effective Research
Seeking Consensus: Designing Meaningful Research
Entering the Field: Building a Picture
Establishing Contact
Sampling: Identifying Stakeholding Groups
Sampling: Identifying Key People
Establishing a Role
Mapping the Context: Constructing a Preliminary Picture
Ethics in Action Research
Formal Ethics Approval: Internal Review Boards and Agency Procedures
Checking for Rigor
Sociable Research Processes
Collaborative Design: A Foundation for Effective Research
Look: Gathering Data
Focusing: Framing the Research Question
Gathering Data: Acquiring Information
Sources of Information
Interviews: Guided Reflection
Semistructured Questioning Procedures
Field Notes: Applying the Verbatim Principle
Tape Recorders
Focus Groups
Participant Observation
Documents, Records, and Reports
Visual Media
Photographs and Videos
Reviewing the Literature: Evidence From Research Studies
Gathering Statistical Information-How Many
Extended Understanding: Descriptive Analysis
Working Ethnographically-Collaborative Descriptive Accounts
Six Questions-Why, What, How, Who, Where, When
Community Profile
Meetings: Group Processes for Collaborative Inquiry
Preliminary Meetings
Organizing Meetings
Think: Reflection and Analysis
Interpretation: Developing Understanding
Analysis and Interpretation Phase I: Distilling the Data
Categorizing and Coding 139 Analyzing Key Experiences, Epiphanic Events, or Critical Incidents
Case Example: Facilitating Workshops
Analysis and Interpretation Phase II: Enriching the Analysis
Frameworks for Enriching the Analysis
Interpretive Questions-Why, What, How, Who, Where, When
Organizational Review
Concept Mapping
Problem Analysis-Antecedents and Consequences
Writing Reports Collaboratively
Organizing Meetings
Procedures for Analysis
Constructing Reports
Participatory Visual Methods: Presentations and Performances
Act: Action Plans-Implementing Sustainable Solutions
Constructing Action Plans
Identifying Priorities for Action
Constructing Action Plans
Quality Check
Strategic Planning
Managing Sustainable Change
Managing Processes of Change and Development
Strategic Planning
A Unifying Vision
Operational Statements: Enacting the Vision
Action Plans
Reviewing the Plans
Political Dimensions
Budgeting and Financial Planning
Guiding the Research Process
Principles in Operation
Appropriate Language
Making Decisions
Support and Monitoring
Steps to Evaluation
Reports: Informing Stakeholders
The Purpose of Reporting
Constructing General Reports
Formal Reports
Giving Voice: Reporting in Action Research
Reports, Theses, and Dissertations
Structure of a Report
Introduction-Focus and Framing
Review of the Literature
Research Outcomes or Findings
Conclusion-Discussion of Findings
Giving Voice: Alternative Report Structures
Action Research and the Internet
Social Media and Online Collaborative Tools
Second Life
Google Docs
Cloud Storage
Photo Voice
Action Research Websites
Community Development and Community Organizations
Project Management and Evaluation
Gender Issues
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