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.

Working with the Text

This book contains an account of our current action research. We have written the book as our research report, and we have organized it into parts and chapters. Each chapter addresses a specific question in our action plan.

Each part introduction contains a brief overview of its content.

To provide an overview of the issues addressed in the book, here are variants of the chapter summaries. While the summaries appear at the end of each chapter, placing them here like this as a whole constitutes a summary of the book, and, we hope, will provide a guide to your reading and indicate what may be seen as the overall significance of the work.

Background to our research: Reasons and purposes

What are our concerns?

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