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.

Stories of Inquiry

This book is an experiment in representation. The principles and practices of first person inquiry explored earlier are complemented by stories of inquiry brought together here. The chapters in Part IV have outlined some of the writing processes involved.

The stories show writing of different kinds and at different stages of development. Writing generated as inquiry is never fully completed. It can always be developed, layered and reviewed with intentions of one kind or another in mind. Each chapter includes ‘writing notes’ explaining its provenance. Some include further ‘reflective notes’, commenting back on the action and processes of writing. Indentation is used to indicate writing generated as inquiry. Much of this has been only lightly edited for clarity, to retain the original ...

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