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Systemic action researchA strategy for whole system change$
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Danny Burns

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347381

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347381.001.0001

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Action research

Action research

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(p.11) One Action research
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Systemic action research
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Danny Burns

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347381.003.0002

Action research has always held the promise of an embedded learning process that can both inform and create change. This approach has been developed and refined over the years so that it can comprehensively answer challenges about its robustness, rigour and quality, but this chapter argues that action research has also been limited by scale, by linear model of change and by an over-reliance on consensual and dialogic processes. This chapter does not trace the history of action research; rather this chapter intends to explain what action research is. It also explores how action research needs to be developed to realise its potential as a catalyst for social transformations. It also maps some of the arguments for the shifting beyond either an ‘individual’ or ‘small group’ focus.

Keywords:   action research, embedded learning process, inform, change, scale, linear model, consensual processes, dialogic processes

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