Action research: an overview

Jo Hockley, Katherine Froggatt and Katharina Heimerl

in Participatory Research in Palliative Care

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644155
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749094 | DOI:
Action research: an overview

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This chapter sets the scene for the whole book and maps the history of action research starting with Lewin's work as a psychologist in the 1940s, its take-up within education to its current position in healthcare. Because of its history, action research has numerous names and definitions — the majority of which are cited briefly in this chapter and then specifically addressed within individual chapters of the book. The philosophical perspective of action research is debated concluding its position within critical social theory. The importance of a cyclic process involving a change intervention and an important partnership between the researcher and practitioners is emphasised. Finally, the chapter looks at palliative care and the uptake of action research as a methodology within the specialty.

Keywords: history of action research; philosophical perspective; definition; democratic; cyclic-process; tacit knowledge

Chapter.  5170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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