All You Need to Know About Action Research (2nd Revised edition)

All You Need to Know About Action Research (2nd Revised edition)

By: A. Jack Whitehead (author), Jean McNiff (author)Paperback

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What is action research? Why do action research? When should you use action research? In the second edition of All You Need to Know about Action Research, expert practitioners Jean McNiff and Jack Whitehead guide you through everything you need to know to plan and carry out a successful action research project. The book provides: - A guide to the history and philosophy underpinning action research - Comprehensive coverage of the main theoretical debates in action research - A unique understanding of how action research can help your learning and your professional practice - Practical help in planning your project - Help with writing about your research and disseminating your findings. The second edition has been thoroughly updated throughout, and now includes new real-life case studies from Education, Health and Business. A new chapter on reviewing the literature has been added and the sections on data gathering and analysis have been updated to take into account the latest technological advances. This easy-to-follow overview of action research is essential reading for students, practitioners and seasoned researchers alike.

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Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, and at the Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers' University, People's Republic of China. Jean took early retirement from her position as deputy head teacher of a large secondary school in Dorset, UK. She went into business for herself, and developed her writing. Her textbooks on action research and professional education are now used internationally on workplace-based professional education courses and on higher degree courses. Jean provides interdisciplinary consultancy work to institutions around the world where she gives lectures and conducts workshops on planning, doing and writing action research. Jean aims to contribute to personal and social betterment through educational research. She encourages everyone to make their stories public in the form of their personal and collaborative theories of practice; and she firmly believes that each individual is able to contribute to social and planetary wellbeing by explaining how they hold themselves accountable for what they do. In this way she links education with moral accountability. She tries to bring the university to everyday contexts, and everyday contexts into the university, for it is only by involving everyone, she feels, that the world will become a better place for us all. Visit Jean at, or contact her at


PART ONE: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? What Is Action Research? Who Can Do Action Research? The Underpinning Assumptions of Action Research Where Did Action Research Come from and Where Is It Now? PART TWO: WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW? Why Do Action Research? Learning to Improve Practice Contributing to New Theory Evaluating Your Research PART THREE: HOW DO I FIND OUT? Action Planning: Planning and Designing Your Action Research Engaging with the Literatures Doing Action Research: Carrying out Your Action Plan PART FOUR: HOW DO I GENERATE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT MY CLAIM TO KNOWLEDGE? Monitoring Practice and Looking for Data Gathering, Sorting and Storing Data Turning the Data into Evidence PART FIVE: HOW DO I TEST AND CRITIQUE MY KNOWLEDGE? Testing the Validity of Your Claims to Knowledge Establishing the Legitimacy of Your Claims to Knowledge Engaging with the Politics of Knowledge PART SIX: HOW DO I REPRESENT AND DISSEMINATE MY KNOWLEDGE? Telling Your Research Story Writing a Workplace Report Writing a Report for Higher Degree Accreditation Publishing and Disseminating Your Research PART SEVEN: HOW DO I SHOW THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MY KNOWLEDGE? Explaining the Significance of Your Research Developing New Epistemologies for Workplace Cultures of Enquiry

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780857025838
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780857025838
  • weight: 472
  • ISBN10: 085702583X
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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