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Action Research 4ed

by Ernest T Stringer SAGE Publications, Inc
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This book provides clear guidelines to enable novice practitioner researchers to move comfortably through a process of inquiry that provides effective solutions to problems in their work lives, whether the setting is in education, health, social work, or business. The “biographical bulletins” that punctuate the text are designed to clarify meaning and to increase understanding of relevant facets of research processes. The Fourth Edition includes a new chapter on effective use of social media for action research.

New to this Edition:

• A new chapter on using social media to enhance action research processes

• An extended description of online sites related to action research

• Major additions that strengthen the theoretical foundations of action research

• An extended discussion of the literature on action research

Egon G. Guba
About the Author
1. Research in Professional and Public Life
2. The Theory Behind the Practice
3. Setting the Stage: Planning a Research Process
4. Look: Gathering Data
5. Think: Reflection and Analysis
6. Act: Action Plans -- Implementing Sustainable Solutions
7. Strategic Planning
8. Reports: Informing Stakeholders
9. Action Research and the Internet

“…[W]ell done and certainly the most readable and authoritative [book] on the topic of action research I have seen…As an educator, I found much useful insight in the text and I would certainly recommend it to doctoral students doing research that would benefit from the broader view…”
After an early career as primary teacher and school principal, Ernest T. Stringer was lecturer in education at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. From the mid-eighties, based at Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, he worked collaboratively with Aboriginal staff and community people to develop a wide variety of innovative and highly successful education and community development programs and services. His work with government departments, community-based agencies, business corporations and local governments assisted them to work more effectively with Aboriginal people. In recent years, as visiting professor at the University of New Mexico and Texas A&M University, he taught research methods courses and engaged in projects with African American and Hispanic community and neighborhood groups. As a UNICEF consultant he recently engaged in a major project to increase parent participation in the schools in East Timor. He is author of the texts “Action Research (Sage 2007),” “Action Research in Education (Pearson 2008),” “Action Research in Health” (with Bill Genat, Pearson 2004), and “Action Research in Human Services” (with Rosalie Dwyer, Pearson 2005). He is a member of the editorial board of the Action Research Journal and Past President of the Action Learning and Action Research Association (ALARA).