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Action research is a method for intentional learning from experience, originally formulated by social psychologist Kurt Lewin.

"Action Research" is characterised by intervention in real world systems followed by close scrutiny of the effects. Its aim is to improve practice and it is typically conducted by a combined team of practitioners and researchers. The action research cycle: Data Collection > Evaluation > Action > Critical Reflection > Data Collection > Evaluation...

It is also related to the Participatory Action Research (PAR) method.

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Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury

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Key texts – PapersEdit

  • Elias, M. J. (1994). Capturing excellence in applied settings: A participant conceptualizer and praxis explicator role for community psychologists. American Journal of Community Psychology, 22, 293-318.
  • Garbarino, J. (1992). Children and families in the social environment. 2nd Ed. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
  • Jason, L. (1991). Participating in social change: A fundamental value for our discipline. American Journal of Community Psychology, 19, 1-16.
  • Shinn, M. (1992). Homelessness: What is a psychologist to do? American Journal of Community Psychology, 20, 1-24.

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