|About the book|
This book presents a fresh view of action research as a methodology uniquely suited to researching the processes of innovation and change. Drawing on twenty-five years’ experience of leading or facilitating action research projects, Bridget Somekh argues that action research can be a powerful systematic intervention, which goes beyond describing, analyzing and theorizing practices to reconstruct and transform those practices.
The book examines action research into change in a range of educational settings, such as schools and classrooms, university departments, and a national evaluation of technology in schools. The opening chapter presents eight methodological principles and discusses key methodological issues. The focus then turns to action research in broader contexts such as ‘southern’ countries, health, business and management, and community development. Each chapter thereafter takes a specific research project as its starting point and critically reviews its design, relationships, knowledge outcomes, political engagement and impact.
Action Research is important reading for postgraduate students and practitioner researchers in education, health and management, as well as those in government agencies and charities who wish to research and evaluate change and development initiatives. It is also valuable for pre-service and in-service training of professionals such as teachers, nurses and managers.
|About the author|
Bridget Somekh is well known for her leadership of action research projects in the UK and Europe and as a keynote lecturer and consultant internationally. She is a founder editor of the Educational Action Research journal and for many years has been a co-ordinator of the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).
|Table of contents|
Agency, change and the generation of actionable knowledge
Doing action research differently
Action research from the inside: a teacher’s experience
Action research and radical change in schools
Action research for organizational development in higher education
Action research in a partnership between regional companies and a university
Action research in the evaluation of a national programme
Action research and innovative pedagogies with ICT
Reflections on the process of writing this book and its purposes