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The Sage Handbook of Action Research


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Introduction: How to Situate and Define Action Research - Hilary Bradbury PART ONE: PRACTICES Introduction to Practices - Alfredo Ortiz Aragon and Maria Teresa Castillo-Burguete The Practice of Learning History: Local and Open System Approaches - Hilary Bradbury, George Roth, Margaret Gearty PRA, PLA and Pluralism: Practice and Theory - Robert Chambers Developing the Practice of Leading Change through Insider Action Research: A Dynamic Capability Perspective - David Coghlan and A.B. Shani Innovations In Appreciative Inquiry: Critical Appreciative Inquiry With Excluded Pakistani Women - Graham Duncan Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry - Aftab Erfan and Bill Torbert Systematization of Experiences: A Practice of Participatory Research from Latin America - Elza Falkembach and Alfonso Torres Carillo Empowerment Evaluation and Action Research: A Convergence of Values, Principles, and Purpose - David M. Fetterman Action Evaluation: An Action Research Practice for the Participative Definition, Monitoring, and Assessment of Success in Social Innovation and Conflict Engagement - Victor J. Friedman and Jay Rothman Theatre in Participatory Action Research: Experiences from Bangladesh - Meghna Guhathakurta Using T-Groups to Develop Action Research Skills In Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous Environments - Michael Krot and Lisa Stefanac The Action Research Practice of Urban Planning - An Example from Hong Kong - Hok Bun Ku & Jackie Y. C. Kwok The artistry of emancipatory practice: Photovoice, creative techniques, and feminist anti-racist participatory action research - M. Brinton Lykes and Holly Scheib Action Science Revisited: Building Knowledge Out of Practice to Transform Practice - Diana McLain Smith Systemic Intervention - Gerald Midgley Community Based Participatory Research with communities defined by race, ethnicity, and disability: Translating theory to practice - Christina Nicolaidis and Dora Raymaker Action Learning - Mike Pedler and John Burgoyne The Network Leadership Innovation Lab: A Practice for Social Change - Elissa Perry, Robin Katcher, Mark Leach and Laurie Mazur Awareness-Based Action Research: Catching Social Reality Creation in Flight - Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer The World Cafe in Action Research Settings - Frederick Steier, Juanita Brown and Flavio Mesquita da Silva Ethnographic Action Research: Media, information and communicative ecologies for development initiatives - Jo Tacchi Re-Fashioning Citizens' Juries: Participatory Democracy In Action - Tom Wakeford, Michel Pimbert and Erin Walcon The practice of helping students to find their first person voice in creating living-theories for Education - Jack Whitehead The Practice of Teaching Co-operative Inquiry - Lyle Yorks PART TWO: EXEMPLARS Introduction to Exemplars - Svante Lifvergren and Kent Glenzer Symbiosis of Action Research and Deliberative Democracy in the Context of Participatory Constitution-Making - Oguz N. Baburoglu, Gulru Z. Goeker, Emre Koyuncu Action Research in Universities and Higher Education Worldwide - Rebecca Boden, Davydd Greenwood, Budd Hall, Morten Levin, Judi Marshall, and Susan Wright 'I'm not afraid of him; that dog barks but he don't bite'. PAR processes, gender equity and emancipation with women in Yucatan, Mexico - Maria Teresa Castillo-Burguete, Carmen Garcia-Gomez, Pedro Castro-Borges and Federico Dickinson Insurgent inquiry: Connecting action research, impact evaluation, and global strategy in a rights-based international development NGO - Kent Glenzer, Elisa Martinez, and Michael Drinkwater Action Research with Marginalized Immigrants' Coming to Voice: Twenty Years of Social Movement Support in Taiwan and Still Going - Hsiao-Chuan Hsia Improving health and well being: Researching alongside marginalized people across diverse domains - Tina Koch After a Decade of Action Research: Impactful Systems Improvement in Swedish Healthcare - Svante Lifvergren, Tony Huzzard and Andreas Hellstroem Action Research As A Transformative Force In Management Education: Introducing The Collaboratory - Katrin Muff Achieving Equity in Education - Ernie Stringer PART THREE: GROUNDINGS Introduction to Groundings - Hilary Bradbury Praxis - Retrieving the Roots of Action Research - Olav Eikeland Core Issues in Modern Epistemology for Action Researchers: dancing between knower and known - Gil Coleman Social Construction and Research as Action - Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen How to succeed in action research without really acting: Tracing the development of action research to constructivist practice in organizational worklife - Bjorn Gustavsen and yvind Palshaugen Organization Development: Action Research for Organizational Change - David Coghlan Evolutionary Systems Thinking: What Gregory Bateson, Kurt Lewin, and Jacob Moreno Offered to Action Research That Still Remains to be Learned - Davydd J. Greenwood How Change Happens: The implications of complexity and systems thinking for Action Research - Danny Burns Complex Systems and Emergence in Action Research - Benyamin Lichtenstein Critical theory and critical participatory action research - Stephen Kemmis, Robin McTaggart and Rhonda Nixon Power and Knowledge - John Gaventa and Andrea Cornwall Research, Participation and Social Transformation: Grounding Systematization of Experiences in Latin American Perspectives - Danilo R. Streck and Oscar Jara Holiday Knowledge Democracy, Community Based Action Research, The Global South And The Excluded North - George Ladaah Openjuru, Namrata Jaitli, Rajesh Tandon and Budd Hall Participatory Action Research: Its Origins and Future in Women's Ways - Marja-Liisa Swantz The Location of Race in Action Research - Erica Gabrielle Foldy Sex and Sensibilities: Doing Action Research while Respecting Even Inspiring Dignity - Lauren Martin Crowdsourcing and Action Research. Fostering people's participation in research through digital media - Chiara Certoma and Michel Pimbert Naturally emerging regulation and the danger of delegitimizing conventional leadership: Drawing on the example of Wikipedia - Dariusz Jemielniak Action Research in an Online World - Dusty Columbia Embury Large Scale Change Action Research - Steve Waddell, Milla McLachlan, Greta Meszoely and Sandra Waddock Companions to Action Research: Reaching beyond our networks to build alignments and a common repository of resources - Gabriele Bammer Action Research and Ecological Practice - Peter Reason and Susan Canney Ecofeminism and systems thinking: Shared ethics of care for action research - Anne Stephens The Integrating (Feminine) Reach Of Action Research: A Nonet For Epistemological Voice - Hilary Bradbury Expanding Reach and Justice with PAR: Working with More Than Humans - Debra Merskin and Debra Durham PART FOUR: SKILLS Introduction to Skills - Dusty Columbia Embury Widening the Circle: Ethical Reflection in Action Research and the Practice of Structured Ethical Reflection - Mary Brydon-Miller, Amy Rector Aranda, and Douglas M. Stevens The Skillful Means of Engaged Research - Jacques M. Chevalier, Daniel J. Buckles and Michelle Bourassa Feelings in first person action research - Hanne Heen Clearing Obstacles: An Exercise to Expand a Person's Repertoire of Action - Elaine Herdman-Barker and Aftab Erfan A cross-cultural approach with East-Asian epistemology: Developing soft skills in action research - Noriyuki Inoue Cultivating Intention (As we enter the fray): The Practice of Embodying Presence, Awareness, and Purpose as Action Researchers - David McCallum and Aliki Nicolaides Holding Theory Skillfully in Consulting Interventions - Grady McGonagill and Dana Carman You Better Check Your Method Before You Wreck Your Method: Challenging and Transforming Photovoice - Angie P. Mejia Discovering Philosophical Assumptions That Guide Action Research: The Reflexive Toolbox Approach - Michael O'Rourke, Chad Gonnerman, Stephen J. Crowley, and Troy E. Hall Radical epistemology as caffeine for social change - Alfredo Ortiz Aragon and Juan Carlos Giles Macedo Mediated dialogue in action research - Charles J. Palus and John B. McGuire Teaching The Heart of Action Research Skills: Breaking Free in the Classroom - Timothy Pyrch Practice of Mindful Intuition: Bi-Directional Openness: The Skill of Expressing And Sensing Leadership That Serves a Group - Yumi Sera Designerly Ways for Action Research - Howard Silverman Nurturing Creative Destruction: Bringing Management Mindsets and Influence Skillsets to Health Care - Nicole A. Steckler and James J. Huntzicker Teaching and Learning Reflective Practice in the Action Science/Action Inquiry Tradition - Steven S. Taylor, Jenny W. Rudolph, and Erica Gabrielle Foldy From Research "On" to Research "With": Developing Skills for Research with Sex Workers - Emily van der Meulen Shared inquiry capabilities and differing inquiry preferences: Navigating 'full cycle' iterations of action research - Yoland Wadsworth Unlocking the Secrets of Personal and Systemic Power: The Power Lab and Action Inquiry in the Classroom - Nancy C. Wallis

About the Author

Hilary Bradbury Huang, Ph.D., is Professor in the Management Division of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Her research, scholarly activism and teaching focus on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. At OHSU she teaches in the healthcare MBA and physician leadership development programs. She also develops the action research approach to Community Based Participatory Research for Health. Hilary is editor-in-chief of Action Research Journal. She co-edited the bestselling Handbook of Action Research (Sage, 2001; 2008) with Peter Reason. Her journal articles have appeared in Organization Science, Sloan Management Review & Journal of Management Inquiry, among others. Previously Hilary was Research Associate Professor at University of Southern California and Director of Sustainable Business Research at the Center for Sustainable Cities. Before that she was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. She lives with her family in Portland, OR. Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., is Director of Sustainable Business Programs at University of Southern California Center for Sustainable Cities, www.sustainablecities.edu. She brings her expertise in action research to work with businesses on issues of sustainability. Prior to this she was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University| Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. She has published widely in journals including Organization Science and Academy of Management Executive. She is editor of Action Research and co-editor with Peter Reason of the bestselling Handbook of Action Research (Sage, 2001, 2006, 2008). Hilary is multi lingual, having grown up in Ireland and having worked in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. She lives in LA with her family. The project that takes most of her time now is SEER (Sustainable Enterprise Executive Roundtable). SEER enables collaborative learning among Southern California business leaders so that more sustainable practices result, benefiting the environment and the bottom line, through projects that promote sustainable development.SEER is committed to developing actionable knowledge and measurable positive impact. www.seer.net. Also see: www.Bradbury-Huang.net.


The Editor's Introduction is elegant, graceful, epistemologically extended and conceptually comprehensive, with an abundance of integrated heart-head wisdom, and deeply committed to the flourishing of our planet through collaborative and transformative inquiring practice. It heralds exactly the coming of age of action research in this third edition of the Handbook, evident in the rich diversity of eighty chapters covering Practices, Exemplars, Groundings and Skills, which reveal overall a mature readiness of researchers to take on global challenges by developing local, radical, participatory practical knowledge.

-- John Heron

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