New Directions in Action Research

New Directions in Action Research

New Directions in Action Research

New Directions in Action Research

Synopsis

This collection provides a worldwide perspective on action research, a process which covers educational, professional, managerial and organizational development.

Excerpt

This chapter is an argument and a method for researching reflexively within emancipatory action research and for conducting research about emancipatory action research. It is based on the assumption that researchers in an emancipatory action research context are inevitably constitutive of the data they collect and of the way in which it is interpreted and analysed. Reflexive research practice is advocated in response to the author’s criticism that often emancipatory action researchers, like many other researchers, fail to sufficiently display their interpretive work. That is, they fail to show their human influence in the process of selecting, interpreting, analysing and reporting data. This situation raises an issue of credibility which also encompasses political and ethical issues.

These three named issues are addressed by way of an interpretation of reflexivity, as used here; an examination of reasons for and obstacles to engaging in reflexive research practice; and illustrations of reflexivity using examples from the literature as well as the author’s applications of it.

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