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Action research

Author: Stringer, Ernest T. Publisher: Sage, 2007.Edition: 3rd ed.Language: EnglishDescription: 279 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781412952231Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Action Research Third Edition Contents Foreword Egon G. Guba Preface 1. Research in Professional and Public Life The Purposes and Applications of Action Research: Who Does Action Research, and Why Do They Do It? Research: Methodical Processes of Inquiry A Basic Routine Community-Based Action Research: Participatory Approaches to Inquiry Inquiry in Use The Literature on Action Research 2. Theory and Principles of Action Research Introducing the Theoretical Foundations of Action Research The Cultural Style of Action Research: Capacity-Building Processes The Role of the Researcher Working Principles Relationships Communication Participation Inclusion 3. Setting the Stage: Planning a Research Process Designing Effective Research Seeking Consensus: Constructing Meaningful Research xv 1 1 4 7 10 12 15 19 19 20 24 27 28 30 32 34 39 39 41 xi Looking at the Lay of the Land: Preliminary Activity Establishing Contact Sampling: Identifying Stakeholding Groups Sampling: Identifying Key People Establishing a Role Agenda Stance Position Constructing a Preliminary Picture The Ethics of Action Research Rigor (Not Mortis): The Research Is Alive and Well Credibility Transferability Dependability Confirmability Sociable Research Processes Conclusion 4. Look: Building the Picture Gaining Insight: Gathering Data Sources of Information Interviews: Guided Reflection Questions Field Notes Tape Recorders Focus Groups Participant Observation Documents, Records, and Reports Surveys Reviewing the Literature: Evidence From Research Studies Gathering Statistical Information--How Many ? Extended Understanding: Descriptive Analysis Alternative 1: Working Ethnographically--Collaborative Descriptive Accounts Alternative 2: Six Questions--Why, What, How, Who, Where, When Alternative 3: Community Profile 42 42 43 45 47 48 48 48 51 54 57 57 59 59 59 60 61 65 65 67 69 70 72 73 73 75 77 78 80 82 83 84 84 85 Meetings: Group Processes for Collaborative Inquiry Preliminary Meetings Organizing Meetings 5. Think: Interpreting and Analyzing Interpretation: Interpreting Key Concepts Analysis and Interpretation I: Distilling the Data Categorizing and Coding (1) Analyzing Key Experiences (2) Case Example: Facilitating Workshops Analysis and Interpretation II: Enriching the Analysis Extending Understanding: Frameworks for Interpretation Alternative 1: Interpretive Questions--Why, What, How, Who, Where, When Alternative 2: Organizational Review Alternative 3: Concept Mapping Alternative 4: Problem Analysis--Antecedents and Consequences Writing Reports Collaboratively Organizing Meetings Procedures for Analysis Presentations and Performances Conclusion 6. Act: Resolving Problems--Planning and Implementing Sustainable Solutions From Problems to Solutions Planning Identifying Priorities for Action Action Plans Quality Check Implementing Supporting Modeling Linking Reviewing Evaluating Conclusion 87 87 88 95 95 98 98 103 104 106 107 108 110 112 114 115 116 117 120 122 125 125 127 127 128 132 133 134 137 138 140 140 142 7. Strategic Planning for Sustainable Change and Development Managing Processes of Change and Development Strategic Planning A Unifying Vision Operational Statements: Enacting the Vision Action Plans Reviewing the Plans Political Dimensions Financial Planning Guiding the Research Process Principles in Operation Appropriate Language Making Decisions Support and Monitoring Evaluating Steps to Evaluation Celebrating 8. Formal Reports The Research Orientation: Assumptions of Interpretive Research Reports, Theses, and Dissertations Structure of a Report Section 1: Introduction--Focus and Framing Section 2: Review of the Literature Section 3: Methodology Introduction Methodological Assumptions: Philosophical Rationale Research Methods Rigor Limitations Ethical Issues Section 4: Research Outcomes/Findings Setting the Scene: Describing the Context Constructing Accounts: Telling People's Stones Constructing a General Account Section 5: Conclusion--Discussion of Findings Giving Voice: Alternative Report Structures 145 147 149 149 151 153 153 154 155 158 158 158 159 160 161 161 164 169 170 171 174 175 175 176 176 176 177 179 179 179 179 180 181 182 182 183 9. Understanding Action Research The Place of Theory in Action Research The Theory Behind the Practice "But It's Not Scientific": The Question of Legitimacy Power, Control, and Subordination Understanding Power and Control: Postmodem Perspectives The Next Generation: Community-Based Action Research Giving Voice: Representing People's Experience Changing Our Work and Social Practices: "Scripts" for Policies, Plans, Procedures, and Behavior In the Company of Friends Appendixes Appendix A: Case Examples of Formai Reports Appendix B: Action Research Web Sites References Index About the Author 187 187 189 191 194 197 203 206 208 213 217 249 259 265 279

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