Action Research for Democracy: New Ideas and Perspectives from Scandinavia - Routledge Advances in Research Methods (Hardback)Ewa Gunnarsson (editor), Hans Peter Hansen (editor), Birger Steen Nielsen (editor), Nadarajah Sriskandarajah (editor)
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Contemporary society encounters profound economical, socio-ecological and political crises challenging the democratic foundation of our societies. This book addresses the potentials and challenges for Action Research supporting democratic alternatives. It offers a broad spectrum of examples from Scandinavian Action Research showing different openings towards democratic development. The book's first part contributes with a wide range of examples such as Action Research in relation to the Triple Helix/Mode II contexts, to design as a democratic process, to renewal of welfare work and public institutions, to innovation policies combining Action Research with gender science. In the second part of the book epistemological and ontological dimensions of Action Research are discussed addressing questions of validity criteria related to Action Research, the transformation of knowledge institutions and the specific character of creativity in Action Research. The book offers a basis for theoretical as well as practical oriented discussions and critical reflections within the field of Action Research and related research orientations, involving a wide range of actors.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
'Reflecting on the very rich content of the research presented in this book, we underscore its relevance for an international dialogue. From Latin Ameri-ca and the Caribbean we mention the gradual development of Participatory Action Research (PAR)2 or Participative Research, which began in the 1970s (Gabarron & Landa, 2006) and was articulated with Popular Education. As an alternative to the positivist model, research practices are introduced that open the way for "learning by transforming", with three characteristics that provide the foundation for the epistemic identity of participative research in this context: transforming action, production of knowledge and participation of the research subjects in the entire process.'
Telmo Adams, Paloma Daudt, Carolina Nunes Ramos, IJAR - International Journal of Action Research
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