© 2017

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

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

About the editors

Lonnie L. Rowell is Associate Professor of Counseling in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego, USA. He is an Editor for Educational Action Research and was Founding Chair of the Action Research Network of the Americas.

Joseph M. Shosh is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Moravian College, USA, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Action Research Network of the Americas. He is the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award, the James N. Moffett Award for Classroom Research, and Cornell University’s Merrill Scholar Teaching Award.

Catherine D. Bruce is Associate Professor at Trent University, Canada. Her research involves collaborative action research with educators in classrooms to bridge research and practice gaps in education. She is passionate in her conviction that all learners are capable of success in mathematics. Her research areas include teacher and student efficacy and models of professional learning.

Margaret M. Riel is Director of the Center for Collaborative Action Research and a member of the Action Research Network of the Americas Executive Committee. Her goal is to help innovative global educators transform their practices to ones that are informed and guided by action research.

Bibliographic information


“The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research is a rich source of examples and typologies of Action Research together with substantial debates and challenges in the field. It provides a comprehensive revision of Action Research across its numerous debates, with a brilliant wide-ranging international perspective. This book is a must-read for both young and experienced scholars, along with those who are not yet in the field, but are interested in Action Research.” (Carmen Martinez-Vargas, Educational Action Research, September, 2018)