The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research

  • Lonnie L. Rowell
  • Catherine D. Bruce
  • Joseph M. Shosh
  • Margaret M. Riel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlix
  2. Lonnie L. Rowell, Catherine D. Bruce, Joseph M. Shosh, Margaret M. Riel
    Pages 1-13
  3. Background and Contexts

  4. A World of Action Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-106
    2. Kurt W. Clausen
      Pages 107-124
    3. Michel Thiollent, Maria Madalena Colette
      Pages 161-176
    4. Phil Wood, Alison Fox, Julie Norton, Maarten Tas
      Pages 203-220
    5. Lesley Wood, Catherine Dean, Pieter du Toit, Omar Esau, Angela James, Paul Mokhele et al.
      Pages 221-234
    6. Candace Kaye, Jadambaa Badrakh, Narantsetseg Dorjgotov, Batdelger Jamsrandorj, Baigalmaa Chultum, Altangoo Orchirbat
      Pages 311-328
  5. Action Research Networks in Local and Global Contexts

  6. Challenges, Tensions, and Issues in the Expanding Conceptions of Action Research

  7. Case Studies in Action Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 689-698
    2. Jutta Gutberlet, Bruno Jayme de Oliveira, Crystal Tremblay
      Pages 699-715

About this book


The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research offers a vivid portrait of both theoretical perspectives and practical action research activity and related benefits around the globe, while attending to the cultural, political, social, historical and ecological contexts that localize, shape and characterize action research. Consisting of teachers, youth workers, counselors, nurses, community developers, artists, ecologists, farmers, settlement-dwellers, students, professors and intellectual-activists on every continent and at every edge of the globe, the movement sustained and inspired by this community was born of the efforts of intellectual-activists in the mid-twentieth century specifically: Orlando Fals Borda, Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, Kurt Lewin. Cross-national issues of networking, as well as the challenges, tensions, and issues associated with the transformative power of action research are explored from multiple perspectives providing unique contributions to our understanding of what it means to do action research and to be an action researcher. This handbook sets a global action research agenda and map for readers to consider as they embark on new projects.


Action Research Action research networks Activism Alternative globalization Classroom Inquiry Collaboration Collaborative Action Research Conferences Critical Inquiry Critical Participatory Action Research Cross Cultural Work Democracy Development Dialogue Educational action research Emancipatory Action Research Empowerment

Editors and affiliations

  • Lonnie L. Rowell
    • 1
  • Catherine D. Bruce
    • 2
  • Joseph M. Shosh
    • 3
  • Margaret M. Riel
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Leadership & Education SciencesUniversity of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  3. 3.Education DepartmentMoravian CollegeBethlehemUSA
  4. 4.Center for Collaborative Action ResearchPepperdine UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-44108-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-40523-4
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