Book | The Action Research Dissertation

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authors: Kathryn Herr
Gary L. Anderson

“unlike traditional dissertations that insist on a dispassionate, distanced attitude toward one’s research, acction research is often chosen by doctoral students because they are passionate about their topic, theiir setting, and coparticipants.” (xvii)

“action research is inherently interdisciplinary and seldom fits neatly into the norms of a particular discipline or field.” (2)

“The approach is only Action Research when it is collaborative, though it is important to realize that the Action Research of the group is achieved through the critically examined action of the individual group members.” (4-5)

“These interventions constitute a spiral of action cycles in which one undertakes

  1. to develop a plan of action to improve what is already happening;
  2. to act to implement the plan;
  3. to observe the effects of action in the contex inwhich it occurs;
  4. to reflect on these effects as a basis for further planning, subsequent action and on, through a succcession of cycles.

(Kemmis, 1982, p. 7)” (5)