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 Representation

Writing as Representation

This chapter focuses on writing as representation. As this is a somewhat contrived distinction, writing is still and continually inquiry. The chapter considers issues of finding form in writing and then some detailed considerations as we prepare writing to share with others.

Finding form

A key aspect of working with writing as inquiry is respect for and curiosity about the form(s) in which it arises. We can then seek to craft these as we move towards text we consider finished enough, for now, to share with others.

By form, I am referring to the pattern, flow and structure of the writing, the shape it comes to take. Distinguishing this from the content, what the work is about, is however false. All content has form ...

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