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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; Second edition (6 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085702583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857025838
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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'This book provides a comprehensive coverage of the action research process - planning and carrying out the research as well as the dissemination of outcomes. With the recent global emphasis on generating practice-based evidence to enhance the quality of provision in a range of disciplines - education and health just to name two, this book will be an invaluable resource for those who are either embarking on action research or leading it. Written in an accesible style this book addresses both theory and practice associated with action research. Sections on personal theorising of knowledge and presention of findings to a range of audiences would be particularly useful to the reader' - Valsa Koshy, The School of Sport and Education, Brunel University


'Action Research is increasingly recognised as a form of professional enquiry with the potential to generate new knowledge and understanding grounded in the realities of everyday practice. This accessible book identifies core issues in Action Research and provides valuable practical guidance for practitioners who wish to investigate, evaluate and improve their practice and learning' - Angela Christiansen, Head of Nursing Studies, Edge Hill University


'This Second Edition of 'All You Need to Know about Action Research' is an accessible and invaluable text for anyone interested in using this method. McNiff and Whitehead use their considerable experience and insight into action research to show how research can be about learning and creating knowledge and improvement through careful and systematic inquiry into personal and organizational practice' - Russ Vince, Professor of Leadership & Change, the School of Management, University of Bath


It is not the intention of the book to offer an overview of all the different types of action research internationally and historically, but rather how to go about doing action research as an indiviudal who wants to improve their practice from their stance of educational action research. And this, they do very well... The writing style is simple and easy to read, but not simplistic. It covers all the important aspects of research to ensure quality, for example, validity, triangulation, ethics, development of conceptual frameworks, analysis and so on but with examples which mean you really grasp and understand deeper methodological issues and the politics of knowledge... it is an enjoyable read as well as a practical guide.


Annika Coughlin
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About the Author

Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers’ University, People’s Republic of China.

Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research.

Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all.

Visit Jean at www.jeanmcniff.com, or contact her at jeanmcniff@mac.com


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This book is written with the underlying philosophy that knowledge is power - that practitioners have something important to say. It covers all the important aspects of research with examples, which mean you really grasp and understand deeper methodological issues and the politics of knowledge. This book is recommended to those who are undertaking action research at work or as part of their studies as well as those interested in research methodologies in general.

Review submitted by Annika Coughlin on behalf of the Social Research Association (SRA).
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A well balanced explanation of action research, easy to understand, logically set out. A good basis on which to undertake your own research proposal.
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The key idea here is to design action research from the research question of "how can I improve my own practice". It certainly makes sense for a teacher doing action research, but the real value in the approach, in my opinion, is when we look at action research in general, like trying to improve organizational culture, perhaps through the process of ISO 9000. Too much action research is non-reflective. The researcher claims to sympathize with a certain group, designs interventions and argues how they were successful, or just end up telling stories. Wrong way. The proper way is to put yourself at the centre and design the research as an exercise in self-reflection. While the book is very well written, I suppose it is difficult to really understand what they are talking about without reading Jack Whitehead's "The growth of educational knowledge" (1993).
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Reading this book has been inspiring and insightful, primarily because it encourages practitioner researchers to live in the direction of values such as democracy, freedom and social justice. McNiff & Whitehead advocate action research as a form of inquiry that enables practitioners to improve their own practice and social situations whilst influencing the learning of others through a concept of 'living theories'. This is where personal theories emerge from knowledge that is developed through investigating everyday life, which change and develop as people themselves change and develop. This denotes an epistemology of 'knowledge as practice', where answers are never definitive but always open to new reflection, critique and learning
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For anyone in the field of education with a substantial dissertation or thesis in their academic future, then for all the action research needs this book is ideal. From the basic grounding of action research to how to carry out action research and data gathering this book is well structured and details. Perfect for student teachers and those on educational masters courses.
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