Action Research: From Practice to Writing in an International Action Research Development Program (Dialogues on Work & Innovation v. 8)
By: Davydd James Greenwood (editor)Paperback
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Supported bilaterally by Sweden and Norway, the Scandinavian Action Research Development Program (ACRES - Action Research in Scandinavia) emphasized conceptualizing research questions and self-conscious writing processes for experienced action researchers. Participants came from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Great Britain, and the United States. A learning experiment in the tradition of Scandinavian industrial democracy, ACRES had both intellectual and organizational tensions common to action research projects. This book includes theoretical and historical overviews of action research, reflections on the writing process, narratives about the design and difficult internal processes of ACRES, and a selection of the participants' writings. A particularly unique feature of the book is the discussion of the problematic relationship between action research and conventional modes of research writing and an analysis of the complex social processes collaboratively managed projects create, in combination with a set of participant cases.
1. Preface; 2. Part I: ACRES and Action Research; 3. 1. On the Design of the ACRES program (by Beinum, Hans van); 4. 2. Action Research Paradigms (by Levin, Morten); 5. 3. Research in ACRES (by Faucheux, Claude); 6. 4. Organizational Processes in ACRES (by Vlist, Rene van der); 7. 5. The Rhetoric of Action Research: Writing in the ACRES Program (by Greenwood, Davydd J.); 8. 6. The Rhetoric of Action Research: Views from ACRES Participants (by Friis, Siv); 9. Part II: Case Studies; 10. 7. Applied Reasearch or Action Research? Different or Complementary Methods (by Spjelkavik, Oystein); 11. 8. Linking Social Science Working Life Research and work Reform: A Role for Universities (by Eriksson, Kjell); 12. 9. The Action Research Tradition in the United States: Toward a Strategy for Revitalizing the Social Sciences, the University, and the Americal City (by Puckett, John); 13. 10. Bottom-up Organizational Change: The Segerstrom Case (by Olsson, Bertil); 14. 11. Setting the Scene for Effection Dialogue Between Men and Women at Work (by Ljungberg van Beinum, Ingrid); 15. 12. Do We Need a Gender Perspective in Action research on Work Organizations? (by Hansson, Agneta); 16. 13. Learning to Learn: Participatory Action Research in Public Schools (by Martin, Ann); 17. 14. How About a Dialogue? The Communicative Parspective Meets the Socioeclological Perspective (by Finsrud, Henrik Dons); 18. References; 19. Subject Index; 20. Name Index
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