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.

Contexts of Our Research: Why are we Concerned?

Having set out our concerns and research questions in Chapter 1, we now explain why we are concerned. Saying what concerns us, why we are concerned, and what we intend to do gives us our explanatory frameworks. We also begin to address our research questions, about how we can support professional learning, by explicating some of the underpinning assumptions of educational research and making them accessible to you, our readers.

Our concerns revolve around which forms of research are likely to influence the future of education. Research is always undertaken to create new knowledge or theory, so asking questions about forms of research means that we are also asking questions about forms of theory. As we said ...

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