The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty

The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty

by Kathryn G. Herr, Gary L. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761929908

ISBN-13: 9780761929901

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The five-chapter social science dissertation generally reigns supreme. However, an increasing number of doctoral candidates are already professionals in their field, and are eager to work on action dissertations, those in which research participants are either in control of the research or are involved with designing and creating methodology for it. Faced with this

Overview

The five-chapter social science dissertation generally reigns supreme. However, an increasing number of doctoral candidates are already professionals in their field, and are eager to work on action dissertations, those in which research participants are either in control of the research or are involved with designing and creating methodology for it. Faced with this fundamental shift in expectations, review committees need to assure themselves that action dissertations contain the equivalent academic rigor and contribution to knowledge as do standard dissertations. Herr (education and human services, Montclair State U.) and Anderson (administration, leadership, and technology, New York U.) explain the fine points of the successful action dissertation, and with the help of contributors, describe the practicalities of researching and presenting them to skeptical committees. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761929901
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreward - Pat Maguire
Preface
Introduction: What is an Action Research Dissertation?
Action Research Traditions and Knowledge Interests
The Multiple Traditions of Action Research
Action Research and Organizational Development/Learning
Participatory Research: The Legacy of Paulo Freire
Action Research in Education
Emerging Approaches to Action Research
The Knowledge interests of Action Research
The Continuum of Positionality in Action Research
Insider: Researcher Studies Own Self/Practice
Insider in Collaboration with Other Insiders
Insider Initiated Studies with Outsiders
PAR: Reciprocal Collaboration (Insider-Outsiders Teams)
PAR: Outsider Initiated Studies with Insiders
Outsider(s) Studies Insider(s)
Quality Criteria for Action Research: An Ongoing Conversation
Delegitimizing Action Research: Opposition in the Academy
Redefining Rigor: Criteria of Quality for Action Research
Are the Findings of Action Research "Generalizable "?
The Politics of Action Research
Designing the Plane While Flying it: Proposing and Doing the Dissertation
The Dissertation Proposal
Where Do Action Research Questions Come from?
Issues of Design and Methodology
The Literature Review: Literature in Dialogue with the Data
Writing the Dissertation
Defending the Dissertation
What does a Participatory Action Research Dissertation look like?
Lynne Mock: Carving a Dissertation Out of a Participatory Action Research Project
Alice Mc Intyre: Initiating a Participatory Action Research Group
Action Research, Ethics, and the Institutional Review Board
Background to the Creation of the IRB
The Role of the Institutional Review Board
Final Thoughts
References
Appendix A
Index

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