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.

Wondering What to do about an Elderly Relative

Wondering What to do about an Elderly Relative

In this chapter I tell and review a story of sustained inquiry from a typical (home) life to illustrate the everydayness and potential multi-dimensionality of approaching life in this way. We were wondering what to do about an elderly relative, and came after a while and much discussion, to treat this explicitly as inquiry, as a project. This changed how we conducted ourselves, how we made sense of what happened and how we acted. Living through this experience involved articulating some general principles of inquiry as frames to anchor us. A review of how these were played out appears at the end of the story.

Throughout the experience we took notes of: what was happening, conversations with ...

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