The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.
Chapter 4: Action Research
Since the first edition of the book, there has been a growing interest in the use of action research by psychologists. The fields of psychology range from health psychology (Acosta et al., 2015; Seifert, 2015) to community psychology (Berg et al., 2009; Phillips et al., 2010) as well as discussions about methodology (Haaken, 2012; Holtby et al., 2015). It is notable that participatory action research, in particular, features in the most recent work (Arcidiacono et al., 2016; Isobell et al., 2016). Action Research (AR) is an orientation to inquiry rather than a particular method. In its simplest form it attempts to combine understanding, or ...