Yoland Wadsworth’s ground-breaking proposition is that the act of inquiry is the way by which every living organism and all collective human life goes about continuously learning, improving and changing. Building in Research and Evaluation explores this new approach, a basic theory of human understanding and action. By deepening our understanding about the cyclical processes of acting, observing, questioning, feeling, reflecting, thinking, planning and acting again, Wadsworth identifies how new life might be brought to what we do, both professionally, and personally. Far from being dry academic theory, she shows how this practice-derived evaluative inquiry process can drive progress toward social justice and human betterment. This book will open new vistas of thought and new methods of inquiry for the reflective practitioner in health, human services, education, social sciences. It is the theoretical capstone of a trilogy of best-selling books by Wadsworth, which also includes Everyday Evaluation on the Run and Do-it-Yourself Social Research.
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"In this the third and final text in her life's work trilogy [Wadsworth] displays an extraordinary capacity to integrate many different perspectives, theories, constructs and approaches within an overarching accessible framework. She puts those perspectives and approaches in dialogue with each other, and provides the reader with a way to navigate the labyrinth created by the intersection of inquiry and practice. Her own depth of experience and accomplished capacity for reflection as both a practitioner and inquirer make her insights important and innovative. Her style of writing, presenting and engaging the reader is uniquely her own-and therefore quite original.. Wherever people are engaged in trying to make the world a better place and open to undertaking inquiry as a part of that process, this book will be a welcome addition to their journey." -From the Foreword by Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation
"Brilliant...I'm not aware of any other book of this nature. The examples are impressive."-Linette Hawkins, social work educator
"This work is unquestionably original and in major ways innovative."-Professor Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
"Highly original. an ambitious integration of concepts. Credible and useful. Grounded in pioneering empirical research."-Professor Danny Burns, University of West England
"An integrative book by a grandmaster of the field is a treasure. Yoland gives us, not only a rich book on engaging in social research, but also a deep insight into her own thought processes of how to work with issues and questions, and to work with people who care and who want to change structures. This is a book which invites us to develop our own integration of who we are and how we work."
--David Coghlan, Trinity College Dublin, author of Doing Action Research in Your Own Organization