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.

Establishing Validity and Legitimacy

This part deals with issues of establishing the validity and legitimacy of the research. It contains the following chapters:

  • Validity, legitimacy and moral authority
    • How do we show that any conclusions we come to are reasonably fair and accurate?
  • The potential significance of our research
    • How do we show the potential significance of our research?

We explain throughout how we identify our values as the living critical standards that enable us to make judgements on the validity of our research.

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