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.
Writing as Inquiry and as Representation
There are myriad ways in which action research can involve writing. Key inquiry practices such as note-taking, journaling, and circulating notes and draft analyses to contribute to cycles in collaborative inquiry are discussed in Part II: Disciplines of inquiry: Tracking inquiry processes.
In this part of the book I consider, firstly, how writing can be a process of inquiry and, secondly, some of the issues we encounter as we write in order to represent our work to others. Often pieces of writing have both purposes, and so this is not a clear demarcation, rather it acknowledges that we sometimes give one or other facet primacy as we write.
Working with writing as a process of inquiry is a key strand ...