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October 2021

Current debates in action research

Journal/Book: Syst Pract Action Res. 1999; 12: 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publ. 457-492.

Abstract: Some of the academic debates pertaining to action research have been identified and specified in this paper. These have been traced through the history of development of alternative (action-oriented) research thinking in a number of research areas, namely, the study of human relations, social and organizational studies, educational change, policy studies, psychology, geography, and physics. A number of prevailing approaches to what is generally referred to as action research have been described in a variety of application domains to identify the present home of the current debates in action research as well as the participants in these debates. This excursion has yielded a number of insights pertaining to the problems that constitute the core of the current debates in action research. Some of the proposed solutions available in these debates have been critically examined. A number of open issues have been identified. A speculative section relates the possible futures of action research to possible ways of dealing with these open issues.

Note: Review Dash DP, Xavier Inst Management, Res Ctr Coordinat Sci, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa, INDIA

Keyword(s): action research-history; action research-present approaches; action research-future directions; EMANCIPATORY PRACTICE; SCIENCE

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