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.

Ongoing Inquiry: Well, I Won’t be Doing that Again

Ongoing Inquiry: Well, I Won’t be Doing that Again

Writing note

This piece was written early autumn 2014 at a writing retreat with two learning group colleagues to explore a resonant phrase I had found myself saying repeatedly during previous weeks, treating this as a gateway into inquiry. This is an example of embarking on a piece of reflective writing to check my pulse in a way, to hear myself speak and see whether there are issues that need further consideration. The piece also captures some of the everyday ways in which my life at that time was adjusting, taking new tones, and how I was engaging in this with curiosity and inquiry.

As I started writing I wondered whether this example might have some ...

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