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.
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