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Reflections from an Action Researcher - Why We Do What We Do

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  • Margaret H. Vickers

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My reflections from the field are shared in an effort to assist others. I commence by describing a social problem that was the focus of an action research project. I then articulate the paradigmatic, methodological and method choices made. I share extracts of data collected during different stages of the project to illustrate cycles of learning, reflection, and the development of actionable knowledge. What is important for researchers who are contemplating choosing action research is to understand the philosophy behind their decisions; that they think carefully about “why we do what we do” in order to fully realise the outcomes of co-learning, developing actionable knowledge and, ultimately, making change.

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  • Margaret H. Vickers, 2007. "Reflections from an Action Researcher - Why We Do What We Do," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 3(1+2), pages 168-189.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2007_01_vickers
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    Action research; methodology; philosophy; disability; careers;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy

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