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Action Research

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Action research is research that each of us can do on our own practice, that “we” (any team or family or informal community of practice) can do to improve its practice, or that larger organizations or institutions can conduct on themselves, assisted or guided by professional researchers, with the aim of improving their strategies, practices, and knowledge of the environments within which they practice.

Kurt Lewin, then a professor at MIT, first coined the term “action research” in about 1944, and it appears in his 1946 paper “Action Research and Minority Problems”. In that paper, he described action research as “a comparative research on the conditions and effects of various forms of social action and research leading to social action” that uses “a spiral of steps, each of which is composed of a circle of planning, action, and fact-finding about the result of the action”.



References from Wikipedia article:



* General sources for action research

o Reason & Bradbury, Handbook of Action Research. London: Sage, 2001.

o Sherman & Torbert, Transforming Social Inquiry, Transforming Social Action: New paradigms for crossing the theory/practice divide in universities and communities. Boston, Kluwer, 2000.

o Woodman & Pasmore, Research in Organizational Change & Development series. Greenwich CT: Jai Press

o Addison-Wesley Series in Organization Development

* Scholarly Journals

o Action Research

o Action Research International

o Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

o Journal of Organizational Change Management

o Management Learning

* Philosophical sources of action research

o Abram, D. 1996. The Spell of the Sensuous. New York: Vintage.

o Argyris, C. Putnam, R. & Smith, D. 1985. Action Science: Concepts, methods and skills for research and intervention. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

o Gadamer, H. 1982. Truth and Method. New York: Crossroad.

o Habermas, J. 1984/1987. The Theory of Communicative Action, Vol.s I & II. Boston:Beacon.

o Hallward, P. 2003. Badiou: A subject to truth. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

o Lewis, K. (1946) Action research and minority problems. J Soc. Issues 2(4): 34-46.

o Malin, S. 2001. Nature Loves to Hide: Quantum physics and the nature of reality, a Western perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

o Polanyi, M. 1958. Personal Knowledge. New York: Harper.

o Senge, P. 1990. The Fifth Discipline. New York: Doubleday Currency.

o Torbert, W. 1991. The Power of Balance: Transforming Self, Society, and Scientific Inquiry

o Varela, F., Thompson, E. & Rosch E. 1991. The Embodied Mind: Cognitive science and human experience. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

o Wilber, K. 1998. The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating science and religion. New York: Random House

* Exemplars and methodological discussions of action research

o Argyris, C. 1970. Intervention Theory and Method. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley.

o Argyris, C. 1980. Inner Contradictions of Rigorous Research. San Diego CA: Academic Press.

o Argyris, C. 1994. Knowledge for Action. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass.

o Cameron, K. & Quinn, R. 1999. Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley.

o Flyvbjerg, B. 2001. Making Social Science Matter. Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press.

o Freire, P. 1970. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Herder & Herder.

o Garreau, J. 2005. Radical Evolution: The promise and peril of enhancing our minds, our bodies – and what it means to be human. New York: Doubleday.

o Heron, J. 1996. Cooperative Inquiry: Research into the human condition. London: Sage.

o Ogilvy, J. 2000. Creating Better Futures: Scenario planning as a tool for a better tomorrow. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.

o Reason, P. & Rowan, J. 1981. Human Inquiry: A Sourcebook of New Paradigm Research. London: Wiley.

o Reason, P. 1995. Participation in Human Inquiry. London: Sage.

o Schein, E. 1999. Process Consultation Revisited. Reading MA: Addison-Wesley.

o Senge, P., Scharmer, C., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. 2004. Presence: Human purpose and the field of the future. Cambridge MA: Society for Organizational Learning.

o Torbert, W. & Associates 2004. Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership.

* 1st-Person Research/Practice Exemplars

o Bateson, M. 1984. With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. New York: Plume/Penguin.

o Raine, N. 1998. After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back. New York: Crown.

o Harrison, R. 1995. Consultant's Journey. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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