In Action Research: Living Theory, authors Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead set out their vision of what action research should be and can be in the 21st Century. This brilliantly-written, passionate, and compelling book, defines the philosophy behind action research and the process of doing action research for all those interested in this fast growing area. It establishes the foundations of action research as a discipline, and roots action research as a compassionate, ethical, and politically-engaged form of inquiry. This book will be essential reading for all those with an interest in Action Research.

Backgrounds and Contexts

In this part we make clear that we are writing an account of our own action research, and we set out the background and contexts. We explain our reasons for the research, and we outline our purposes. We identify specific research questions, and say how we intend to address those questions. Throughout we adopt a critically reflective stance to what we are saying. This part contains the following chapters:

  • Background to our research: reasons and purposes
    • What are our concerns?
  • Contexts of our research
    • Why are we concerned?
  • Looking for data
    • What experiences can we describe to show why we are concerned?
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