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.

Chapter 6: Validity, Legitimacy and Moral Authority: How do we show that any conclusions we come to are reasonably fair and accurate?

Validity, Legitimacy and Moral Authority: How do we show that any conclusions we come to are reasonably fair and accurate?

Because we authors are researchers, we constantly aim to develop new understandings about ideas and practices. Because we are action researchers, our new ideas are frequently developed from within our practices, and tested against and incorporated into new practices. At this point in our research, we are asking questions about how, in the process of testing our evidence as the grounds for our provisional claims to knowledge, we can show that any conclusions we come to are reasonably fair and accurate. This chapter contains some of those new ideas, about social and ethical validity, which we have developed through studying our own involvement in ...

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