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.

Acting for Sustainability

Seeking to contribute to systemic change, as time slips by

The extended story offered in this chapter shows how I partly treat my organisational life as continuing inquiry, working with questions which shift and change, are immediate or longer-term. This account arises from my long-term interest in whether and how to seek to influence institutions I belong to and engage with to pay more attention to sustainability. I think it especially important that educational institutions address issues of climate change and social justice as these relate to their core purposes. In relation to environmental issues, Orr suggests:

The crisis we face is first and foremost one of mind, perceptions, and values; hence, it is a challenge to those institutions presuming to shape minds, ...

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