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Routledge
22 February 2019
Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides new theoretical insights and many robust tools that will guide researchers, professionals and students from all disciplines through the process of conducting action research 'with' people rather than 'for' them or 'about' them.

PAR is collective reasoning and evidence-based learning focussed on social action. It has immediate relevance in fields ranging from community development to education, health, public engagement, environmental issues and problem solving in the workplace. This new edition has been extensively revised to create a user-friendly textbook on PAR theory and practice, including:

updated references and a comprehensive overview of different approaches to PAR (pragmatic, psychosocial, critical);

more emphasis on the art of process design, especially in complex social settings characterized by uncertainty and the unknown;

developments in the use of Web2 collaborative tools and digital strategies to support real-time data gathering and processing;

updated examples and stories from around the world, in a wide range of fields;

critical commentaries on major issues in the social sciences, including stakeholder theory, systems thinking, causal analysis, monitoring and evaluation, research ethics, risk assessment and social innovation.

This modular textbook provides novel perspectives and ideas in a longstanding tradition that strives to reconnect science and the inquiry process with life in society. It provides coherent and critical treatment of core issues in the ongoing evolution of PAR, making it suitable for a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It is intended for use by researchers, students and working professionals seeking to improve or rethink their approach to co-creating knowledge and supporting action for the well-being of all.
By:   Jacques M. Chevalier (Carleton University Ottawa Canada), Daniel J. Buckles (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   685g
ISBN:   9781138491328
ISBN 10:   1138491322
Pages:   418
Publication Date:   22 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jacques M. Chevalier is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and an independent consultant. Daniel J. Buckles, formerly with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and an independent consultant.

Reviews for Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry

Praise for the First Edition This book is a must for anyone seriously committed to research that ensures the authentic participation and empowerment of people from all walks of life, be they from oral or textual traditions, women or men, old or young, articulate or hesitant, outspoken or reserved. - Farida Akhter, Executive Director, UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative), Dhaka, Bangladesh This exciting and innovative book shows the patterns and processes that connect people and their social, practical and conceptual worlds in action. Its key themes of interdependence, relationship and the need for dialogue make it a book today for tomorrow's world. It should be on all reading lists as a key resource for developing socially-oriented pedagogies for a more peaceful, productive and interconnected world. - Jean McNiff, Professor of Educational Research at York St John University, York, UK and author of Action Research: Principles and Practice, now in its third edition (Routledge, 2013) ...a wonderful compendium, replete with practical tools and techniques that bring rigour and vigour to the international dialogue among action researchers... This is a serious volume worth the time of any action researcher who is curious about how western (including francophone) perspectives on PAR come alive. This volume makes a significant contribution to the collective craft of scholarly-practice among action researchers. - Hilary Bradbury-Huang, Professor in the Division of Management at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA and Editor of the journal Action Research


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