Action research is a form of research closely linked to practice which can readily be undertaken by practitioners and service users. This handbook offers a comprehensive guide to action research as a strategy for inquiry and development in health and social care. It can be used by individuals or groups working independently on their own projects or as a basis for a tutor-led course. It features
* an introduction to the theories behind action research and other forms of research related to it
*lively case studies from social work, nursing, mental health care and community work
* a step-by-step study guide.
The theoretical section of the book provides a general definition of action research, compares action research with other forms of social research, outlines the nature of a 'culture of inquiry' in the workplace, and describes the links between action research and service-user research, management,community development, evaluation, reflective practice, feminist research and anti-racist research.
This practical study guide covers issues such as preparing a proposal, ethics and principles of procedure, gathering and analysing data, writing a report, the links between action research and critical reflection. It will be particularly useful for groups wishing to undertake action research on an independent basis
Table of Contents
Preface. Part One. 1. Introduction 2. Action Research as an Approach to Inquiry and Development 3. Action Research - Contexts and Dimensions Part Two. Examples: The Variety of Action Research. Introduction: Some Themes and Contrasts Part Three. Undertaking an Action Research Project - A Practical Guide Part Four. Action Research as a Form of Social Inquiry - A `Theoretical' Justification
'... this book comes highly recommended, as part of the literature that can well support an action researcher. I also anticipate that midwives and midwifery practice will benefit from the transferable knowledge, experience, guidance and wisdom offered by these authors.' - MIDIRS Midwifery Digest