Quality and ethics in 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:
Quality and ethics in systemic action research

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This chapter develops some arguments about quality and ethics in systematic action research. These arguments build on an emerging literature within the field of action research about what good research is within a participative paradigm. This chapter argues that the whole point of systematic action research is to get grips with the messy, complex, and difficult issues that have often defied resolution in the arenas of deprivation, conflict and poverty. To work in these areas entails risk and not to work in these parts is unethical. Procedural quality control and ethical regulation in practice often become a way of gate keeping and preventing real change. Under the rhetoric of protecting the individual one can fail to get grips with issues that are facing whole communities. In this chapter, it is argued that both quality and ethical practice come down to the relationship that external facilitators have with individuals and communities. This cannot be codified into standard procedure.

Keywords: quality; ethics; systematic action research; action research; good research; participative paradigm; Procedural quality control; ethical regulation

Chapter.  7599 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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