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.

Looking for Data: What Experiences can we Describe to show why we are Concerned?

In this chapter we ask, ‘What experiences can we describe to show why we are concerned?’ By addressing the question, we outline some of the contexts of our concerns.

As professional educators, our contexts are to do with both theory and practice. As theorists, we work with ideas, so in Chapter 2 we explained why we are concerned in terms of the underpinning assumptions of the contexts of theory. As practitioners we work with people, so in this chapter we explain why we are concerned in terms of how the underpinning theoretical assumptions manifest in the contexts of real-life practices.

We have explained how some of our values were being denied in ...

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