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.

Images of Aspiring Inquiry Practice

Images of Aspiring Inquiry Practice

I have various aspirational images for how energies can align in living life as inquiry. They each show the embodied nature of inquiry. I offer them here as illustrations, trusting that you will surface and work with your own versions.


Attentive, head at an angle to catch movement. Standing scrupulously still on one leg at the waterside, poised to place the other foot gently, carefully, in a pre-tested, barely disturbed space. Quick to strike when something has caught its attention.

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Tapping dynamic root

In my limited experience of Tai Chi the posture and notion of ‘tapping dynamic root’ appealed. A diagonal line through the body from raised arm and hand pushing back against supposed attack to leg rooted ...

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