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Action research as an enhancement of natural problem solving

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Dick, Bob

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Abstract "I think of action research as an extension of a natural approach to problem solving. Faced with a novel situation we often first investigate. We then develop an intention to act, and carry it out. We notice if it worked. Action research similarly cycles between intention, action and review. To this natural process it adds certain important enhancements. The review component is strengthened. Rigour and theory are given more attention. More care is given to identify who else should be involved, and how. Flexibility is strengthened. A variety of processes are used, many borrowed from other literatures and practices. This paper begins with a broad overview of action research from this perspective. Different aspects of my own variations on this approach are then examined and described in more detail. As I examine my use of action research, I illustrate my comments with examples. Most of these are taken from a university class I facilitated for many years." (author's abstract)
Keywords action research; problem solving; participation; action theory; methodology
Classification Research Design
Free Keywords flexibility; rigour; data-driven research; meta-methodology
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 149-167
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 3 (2007) 1+2
Issue topic Diversity of action research: experiences and perspectives
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications