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 7: The Potential Significance of Our Research: How do we show the Potential Significance of our Research?

The Potential Significance of Our Research: How do we show the Potential Significance of our Research?

We understand action research to be about both action and learning. It is about taking action in the world, and it is also about learning, which enters into the action, so that the action is informed and not indiscriminate. The process of action learning then needs to be theorized and transformed into action research by gathering data and generating evidence to test the practitioner's claim that they have improved both their action and their learning. Furthermore, the learning of one practitioner action researcher can in turn influence the development of their own and other people's learning. In this chapter we speak about how especially research-based learning can influence ...

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