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
Writing as Inquiry
Writing is often a process of discovery, in which the writer learns as they seek to articulate what they want to say to themselves and to others. The phrase ‘How can I know what I think till I see what I say’ points to this experience and can stand as a motif for both speaking and writing as inquiry. It is cited by Weick (1995: 12) as a ‘wonderfully compact account of sensemaking’. He attributes its source through Wallas (1926: 106) to a little girl who had been told to be sure of her meaning before she spoke. I appreciate her alternative notion of how knowing can arise.
Writing as discovery is about process not product. Text is always in or amenable ...