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.
Working with Ideas, Theories and Images as Inquiry
The three chapters in Part III consider how ideas of different kinds can inform our understandings and practices of first person action research. They question and explore how we hold ideas, theories and images, suggesting that these can be held lightly, open to continual review, experimentation and development.
The relevance of academic literatures to action research is perhaps obvious, especially to those involved in academic work of some kind. The next chapter considers how we work with theories, in the light of many action researchers’ intentions to integrate different forms of knowing and not overly-privilege propositional knowing.
Taking living life as inquiry’s aspirations to engage with integrity in an uncertain, ever-changing world, I am curious to explore appropriately ...