Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952613 | Print ISBN: 9781412905794 | Online ISBN: 9781412952613| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Action research is best seen not so much as a methodology but, rather, as an overall approach to knowledge and inquiry. As such, action research has two faces: one is practical, concerned with providing processes of inquiry that are useful to people in the everyday conduct of their lives; the other is philosophical and political, part of a movement to change what is taken as knowledge in directions that are nondualist, participatory, and pragmatic. Action research is concerned with forging a direct link between intellectual knowledge and moment-to-moment personal and social action, so that inquiry contributes directly to the flourishing of human persons, their communities, and the ecosystems of which they are part. Action research practices aim to open communicative spaces where people can come together in open dialogue to address issues of concern, and to engage in cycles of action and reflection, so that ideas that are tentatively articulated ...