3rd Edition

Action Research Principles and practice

By Jean McNiff Copyright 2013
    240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since its first publication, Action Research: Principles and Practice has become a key text in its field. This new updated edition clearly describes and explains the practices of action research and its underlying values, and introduces important new ideas, including:

    • all professionals should be reflective practitioners;
    • they should produce their personal theories of practice to show how they are holding themselves accountable for their educational influences in learning;
    • the stories they produce become a new people’s history of action research, with potential for influencing new futures.

    This new edition has expanded in scope, to contribute to diverse fields including professional development across the sectors and the disciplines. It considers the current field, including its problems as well as its considerable hopes and prospects for new thinking and practices. Now fully updated, this book contains:

    • A wealth of case-study material
    • New chapters on the educational significance of action research
    • An overview of methodological and ethical discussion

    The book is a valuable addition to the literature on research methods in education and nursing and healthcare, and professional education, and contributes to contemporary debates about the generation and dissemination of knowledge and its potential influence for wider social and environmental contexts.

    Practitioners across the professions who are planning action research in their own work settings will find this book a helpful introduction to the subject while those studying on higher degree courses will find it an indispensable resource.

    Part I. What do we know? The principles of action research  Chapter 1. What do we know? The principles of action research  Chapter 2. How do we come to know it? Linking theory and practice  Chapter 3. Who has influenced our thinking? Key theorists, old and new  Chapter 4. What do we need to know? How can we develop the work?  Part II. What do we do? The practices of action research  Chapter 5. How to do action research  Chapter 6. Practical issues  Chapter 7. Making sense of the data and generating evidence  Chapter 8. Validating and legitimating claims to knowledge  Part III. How do we share our knowledge? Stories from the field  Chapter 9. Action research across the disciplines and professions  Chapter 10. Action research for social change  Chapter 11. Action research and communities and cultures of enquiry  Chapter 12. Action research for global sustainability  Part IV. What is the significance of our knowledge? How do we communicate it?  Chapter 13. Producing and presenting action research reports  Chapter 14. Demonstrating impact: Explaining the significance of our action research  Part V. Whither action research?  Chapter 15. New directions in action research  Chapter 16. So …what do we know now? What do we need to know?


    Jean McNiff is Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, UK. She also holds visiting professorial positions at Beijing Normal University and Ningxia Teachers University, People’s Republic of China; the University of Tromsø, Norway; and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. She has written widely on action research in education.

    "Action Research: Principles and Practice clearly, and passionately, addresses the questions ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ adopt an action research approach to ones practice. McNiff demonstrates throughout the book that she lives the values that she is espousing. The way she brings together her passion for creating positive change through action research with the need for rigour in the way the research is carried out reminds us that she is, at the same time, advocate, campaigner, educator and academic."

    - Mark Robson, York St John University