First, second, and third person inquiry

Geralyn Hynes

in Participatory Research in Palliative Care

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644155
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749094 | DOI:
First, second, and third person inquiry

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This chapter outlines first, second and third person in action research from different theoretical perspectives. First, second and third person inquiry bring different but complementary aspects to an action research project that facilitate both knowledge generation and change. First person inquiry provides an important basis for inquiring into one's own engagement with the value-laden and political nature of action research. Second person inquiry focuses on inquiry with others while third person inquiry looks to dissemination of findings to a wider audience. In palliative care, the nature of engagement, participation and second person inquiry present particular challenges for action researchers. However, engaging with these challenges will help address important impediments to developing palliative care practice. Attending to third person inquiry is crucial for strengthening the potential of practice-based research to influence policy.

Keywords: first, second and third person inquiry; single and double loop learning; engagement and participation; open-boundary inquiry; attitude of inquiry; authenticity

Chapter.  5313 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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