In First Person Action Research Judi Marshall invites her reader to join her in the rich world of first person inquiry: a reflexive approach to life and to one’s own participation in research and learning. Written as a collage of interrelated chapters, fragments and voices, this is an important meditation on the nature of inquiring action. Judi Marshall’s book provides an accessible introduction to self-reflective practice; exploring its principles and practices and illustrating with reflective accounts of inquiry from the author’s professional and personal life. The book also considers action for change in relation to issues of ecological sustainability and corporate responsibility. Writing is reviewed as a process of inquiry, and as a way to present action research experiences. Connections are made with the work of the literary authors Nathalie Sarraute and Kazuo Ishiguro to expand the scope of typical academic writing practices. First Person Action Research is an important and practical resource for students, teachers and practitioners of action research alike. It is a thoughtful and sensitive account of an emerging field in Research Methods.
Living Life as Inquiry
Living life as inquiry is my attempt to act with integrity, context-sensitivity and agency in an ever-unfolding, complex, always largely unknowable world. This approach draws on principles and practices of action research. It is always lived out in context, in ongoing inquiry into connections, interfaces, and emergent action. It is therefore thoroughly informed by notions of systemic thinking. Alongside sits attention to potential issues of power. The resulting experimental approach is at the heart of this book’s offering. As already admitted it is highly aspirational. Engaging life in this way can, at different times, be a steady approach to learning, exciting, or feel vulnerable and potentially unbounded.
In the next chapter I offer key notions in relation to action research, systemic ...