Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

, 3rd Edition

  • David Coghlan
  • Teresa Brannick
  • ISBN-10: 1848602154
  • ISBN-13: 9781848602151
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization is the essential resource for any researcher embarking on an action research project in their own organization, and all students of organization studies, education, health studies, and community studies. In this brand new edition of the popular work, David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick provide an easy-to-follow, hands-on guide to every aspect of conducting an action research project in your own organization.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS
Introducing Action Research
A Brief Introduction To Action Research
Three Audiences/Voices/Practices
Enacting Action Research Cycles
The Action Research Cycles
Pre-Step: Context And Purpose
Main Steps
Meta Learning
Quality And Rigour In Action Research
Conclusions
Exercise 1.1: Enacting The Action Research Cycles
Learning In Action
Knowing And Learning
General Empirical Method
Authenticity
Reflection
Developing Reflective Skills Through Journaling
Second Person Skills
Conclusions
Exercise 2.1 First Person Learning In Action
Exercise 2.2 Keeping A Journal
Exercise 2.3 Developing Inquiry Skills
Understanding Action Research
Action Research As Practical Knowing
Foundations Of Action Research
Research Paradigms And Action Research
Experiential Paradigms Of Action Research
Conclusions
PART TWO: IMPLEMENTATION
Framing and Selecting Your Insider Project
Framing The Action Research Project
Selecting The Research Project
Writing An Insider Action Research Proposal
Developing The Action Research
Conclusions
Exercise 4.1 Questions For Framing And Selecting
Exercise 4.2 Writing A Thesis Proposal
Designing and Implementing Your Action Research Project
The Process Of Planned Change
Planned Change Through Action Research
Learning By Design
Data Generation As Intervention
The Role Of Technology
How Do You Know When To Stop?
Conclusions
Exercise 5.1 The Process Of Implementation
Exercise 5. 2 Reflection For Praxis
Interlevel Dynamics In Insider Action Research
Interlevel Dynamics Of Change
Interlevel Dynamics Of Strategy
Levels Of Analysis In Action Research
Conclusions
Exercise 6.1 Applying Interlevel Dynamics
Exercise 6.2 Change Issues
Exercise 6.3 The Learning Window
Using Frameworks To Study Organizations In Action
Organizational Diagnosis
Systems Thinking And Practice
Systems Thinking And Action Research
Change And Learning
Conclusions
Exercise 7.1 Diagnosing Your Organization
Exercise 7.2 Using Systems Thinking
PART THREE: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES IN RESEARCHING YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION
Researching Your Own Organization
The Focus Of Researcher And System
Quadrant 1: Traditional Research
Quadrant 2: Classical Action Research
Quadrant 3: Individual Reflective Study
Quadrant 4: Tranformational Change
Action Research At Home
Conclusions
Exercise 8.1 Assessing Your Research Focus
Preunderstanding, Role Duality and Access
Preunderstanding
Role Duality: Organizational And Researcher Roles
Access
Conclusions
Exercise 9.1 Assessing Your Preunderstanding
Managing Organizational Politics and Ethics
The Politics Of Researching Your Own Organization
Managing Political Relationships
Ethics
Insider Action Research And Ethics
Integrating Roles, Politics And Ethics
Integrative Case
Conclusion
Exercise 10.1 Assessing Politics And Ethics
Exercise 10.2 Force Field Analysis
Writing Your Insider Action Research Dissertation
An Action Research Dissertation
Constructing And Writing A Dissertation
Dissemination
Publishing
Conclusions
In Conclusion

New to this edition

  • An expanded discussion on politics and ethics of insider action research.
  • An expanded chapter on writing an action research dissertation and an action research report.
  • More case examples and reflective exercises taken from a wide variety of organizational settings.