The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.

Action Research in Universities and Higher Education Worldwide

Rebecca Boden Davydd J. Greenwood Budd Hall Morten Levin Judi Marshall Susan Wright

Until the end of World War Two, Western universities focused on training new generations of elites and used organizational models borrowed directly from Fordist factory organization: a mechanical division of labor, separate units with sharp boundaries, command and control hierarchies, and leaders who rule from above. Hierarchical management existed even in the bygone days of shared governance. In neo-Fordist higher education, promoting action research (AR), or any other system-based, multidisciplinary work institutionally is a struggle.

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