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Some design principles for systemic action research

Danny Burns

in Systemic action research

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347381
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347381.003.0006
Some design principles for systemic action research

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This chapter discusses some of the design principles for systematic action research. Despite of the diversity of action research designs represented in the previous chapters, there are several characteristics that need to be examined in systematic action research designs. These are: 1) an emergent research design; 2) an explanatory inquiry phase; 3) multiple inquiry streams operating at different levels; 4) a structure for connecting organic inquiry to formal decision-making; 5) a process for identifying cross-cutting links across inquiry streams; 6) a commitment to open boundary inquiry; and 7) the active development of distributed leadership. These seven design principles of a learning architecture that can hold considerable complexity form the focus of this chapter.

Keywords: design principles; systematic action research; action research designs; emergent research design; explanatory inquiry phase; multiple inquiry streams; organic inquiry; boundary inquiry

Chapter.  5634 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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