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.

Integrating Action Research, Systemic Thinking and Attention to Issues of Power

Integrating Action Research, Systemic Thinking and Attention to Issues of Power

In this chapter I set out some key reference points I draw on as I integrate action research, systemic thinking and attention to issues of power into living life as inquiry. My preferred way of working with this material is to take the frames along to an interactive workshop, to talk from them adding amplifications, contradictions and nuances as I go, illustrated copiously with stories from my own and others’ experiences, and then to elaborate in relation to participants’ interests. The sources of this material and how I hold it are reflected in how this chapter is written. The frameworks are offered relatively succinctly and schematically. Some sections are expressed through lists of ...

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