Core text for courses in Action Research; supplement for Educational Research courses. Informed by the authors' years of field research, teaching, and consulting, this readable, accessible new volume will assist novice researchers to understand qualitative, action research. The authors first define action research and clarifies its nature, providing a clear description of the relationship between qualitative and quantitative research. They then offer step-by-step procedures for planning, implementing, and evaluating the kind of research projects that help people use their own understanding and expertise to work systematically through a data gathering process, and, ultimately, find a solution to the problem they are investigating. Up-to-date coverage based on the work of earlier researchers clearly delineates the place of action research in the current research methodology scene; and speaks directly to the needs of those involved on a daily basis in health care settings.
1. The Purposes of Action Research. 2. Understanding Action ResearchParadigms and Methods. 3. Initiating a Study: Research Design. 4. Gathering Data: Sources of Information. 5. Giving Voice: Data Analysis in Interpretive Research. 6. Representation: Communicating Research Outcomes. 7. Taking Action: Passion, Purpose, and Pathways. 8. Action Research in Health: Case Studies. 9. Online Resources.