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.

‘Work Song’ by Wendell Berry

‘Work Song’ by Wendell Berry

2 A Vision

  • If we will have the wisdom to survive,
  • to stand like slow-growing trees
  • on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it,
  • if we will make our seasons welcome here,
  • asking not too much of earth or heaven,
  • then a long time after we are dead
  • the lives our lives prepare will live
  • here, their houses strongly placed
  • upon the valley sides, fields and gardens
  • rich in the windows. The river will run
  • clear, as we will never know it,
  • and over it, birdsong like a canopy.
  • On the levels of the hills will be
  • green meadows, stock bells in noon shade.
  • On the steeps where greed and ignorance cut down
  • the old forest, an old forest will stand,
  • its rich leaf-fall drifting on its roots.
  • The veins of forgotten springs will have opened.
  • Families will be ...
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