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Action Research

Action Research

Fifth Edition

September 2020 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Action Research is an invaluable guide to both novice and experienced researchers from a diversity of disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of study for understanding how action research works in real-life contexts. The Fifth Edition builds on the experiences of the authors by acknowledging the dramatic changes taking place in our everyday lives, including developments of social and digital media that have become central to modern life. Author Ernest T. Stringer and new co-author Alfredo Ortiz Aragón aim to provide a meaningful methodology arising from their extensive field experience for both students and practitioners.  Presenting research that produces practical, effective, and sustainable outcomes to real-world problems, Action Research helps students see the value of their research in a broader context, beyond academia, to effecting change on a larger scale.

Additional resources can be found at the authors’ website

SECTION I: An Introduction to Action Research
Chapter 1: Understanding Action Research
Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations of Action Research
SECTION II: Action Research Practices and Processes
Chapter 3: Setting the Stage: Initiating an Action Research Process
Chapter 4: Look: Generating and Gathering Data
Chapter 5: Think: Reflecting and Analyzing
Chapter 6: Act: Implementing Practical Solutions
SECTION III: From Local to Global—Action Research for Social Change
Chapter 7: Reporting: Informing Stakeholders and Other Audiences
Chapter 8: Developmental Approaches to Social and Organizational Change
Chapter 9: Action Research and Digital Media
Appendix: Case Examples of Formal Reports

Practical and engaging - suitable for students with little research experience.

Angie Simms
Teacher Training (Rochdale), Hopwood Hall College
October 27, 2022

Essential in Education Action research

Mrs Jane Joyce
AHed, Peter Symond's College
September 27, 2021
Key features


  • Updated material reflects key issues, events and activities relevant to the unique circumstances of the current era.          
  • Updated chapter on technology and social media in action research captures the implications of technology for research and participation.   
  • Enhanced reporting procedures outline creative ways for researchers to present reports that are interesting and meaningful to all participants in a research process; not only elite audiences, but also community members and the general population.     
  • Includes insight into how action research can be applied to empower participants and build their capacity to deal with the often-complex problems embedded in the context of their families, communities, organizations and countries.      
  • New Reflection boxes highlight the authors' experiences to illuminate the steps of the research process.          
  • New Lit Corner boxes offer additional examples and tips from published research. 
  • Additional resources can be found at the authors’ website

KEY FEATURES:            

  • Practice framework that clarify the step-by-step procedures presented in the text.         
  • Biographical Bulletins punctuate the text to clarify meaning and to increase understanding of relevant facets of the research process.         
  • Case studies and vignettes of real-life examples illustrate a wide range of action research applications, making it easy for the reader to relate to their research.         
  • A compelling narrative sparks ideas, discussions, and reflection on how to better link theory and practice through action research.         
  • In-text learning aids, including summary boxes at strategic points in each chapter and an outline for writing a draft report reinforce the material and assist the reader with adapting it to their research.         
  • End of chapter learning activities and summaries provide opportunities to practice the processes described or extend understanding of their purpose.         
  • Appendices and Web links provide access to cutting-edge information on action research, ensuring the most up-to-date resources.