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.


This book is about the practice and theory of action research. It is written for practitioner action researchers who are committed to improving their learning, and offering explanations for how and why they are doing so. Specifically it is written for those on formal accredited courses and their lecturers, and also for those at a more advanced stage of their workplace enquiries, who wish to engage with ideas about the practicalities of doing action research, and about its theoretical underpinnings.

The book is a guide to the most pressing topics in the field, including the little addressed yet probably most urgent issue of how it is possible to assess quality in action research, so that it can generate theory whose validity can be tested ...

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