The first edition of The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty was a first-of-its-kind reference, distilling the authors’ decades of action research experience into a handy guide for graduate students. The Second Edition continues to provide an accessible roadmap that honors the complexity of action research, while providing an overview of how action research is defined, its traditions and history, and the rationale for using it. Authors Kathryn Herr and Gary L. Anderson demonstrate that action research is not only appropriate for a dissertation, but also is a deeply rewarding experience for both the researcher and participants. This practical book demonstrates how action research dissertations are different from more traditional dissertations and prepares students and their committees for the unique dilemmas they may face, such as validity, positionality, design, write-up, ethics, and dissertation defense.
Eine Action Research Studie zur Identifikation von Schlüsselaktivitäten und -faktoren
Author: Regina Gattringer
Category: Business & Economics
Regina Gattringer analysiert in ihrer Studie die Planung und Umsetzung von Open Foresight-Prozessen, bei denen verschiedene Unternehmen gemeinsam Zukunftsszenarien und innovative bzw. disruptive Ideen kreieren. Sie geht den Fragen nach, welche Prozessphasen und Aktivitäten zu berücksichtigen und welche Schlüsselfaktoren in den einzelnen Phasen von Relevanz sind. Die Fragestellungen werden einerseits theoretisch beleuchtet und andererseits mittels einer Action Research Studie in der Praxis analysiert. Gemeinsam mit sechs Unternehmen in den Bereichen Industrie und Dienstleistung wird ein Open Foresight-Prozess zum Thema „Human-Machine-Interface and Machine-to-Machine-Communication as enablers for new business“ umgesetzt.
Eine Untersuchung der Kriterien und des Vorgehens bei der Produktentwicklung
Author: Timo Weyrauch
Timo Weyrauch untersucht, welche Kriterien eine frugale Innnovation definieren und wie frugale Innovationen entwickelt werden können. Im ersten Teil der Untersuchung werden auf Basis eines Literaturreviews sowie einer qualitativen Befragung drei Kriterien entwickelt, um frugale von nicht-frugalen Innovationen abzugrenzen. Im zweiten Teil wird durch Anwendung der Aktionsforschung untersucht, wie der Innovations- und Produktentwicklungsprozess auszurichten ist. Der Autor zeigt, mit welchen Vorgehensweisen und Methoden frugale Innovationen gezielt entwickelt werden können.
Focusing throughout on the integrated use of quantitative and qualitative methods, the book includes illustrative examples, featured SAGE journal articles, scripts, templates, and outlines to help readers master each step of the process. A wide range of reports are illustrated, including a community-oriented report, a professional research-based manuscript, and a dissertation research study. The final chapter discusses how the knowledge generated through a Mixed Methods Action Research (MMAR) study can lead to community action.
The Challenges of Understanding and Changing Practice
Author: Townsend, Andrew
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
How can practice be understood and developed? What part can action research play in that process? What principles lie at the heart of action research and how can they be adopted? How can action research bring about democratic and collaborative changes to practice? These and other questions are answered in this book which offers both a practical step-by-step guide to action research and an examination of the underlying principles and challenges. Action research as an approach aims to generate knowledge and achieve principled change. This book explores the overarching features and a variety of models of action research to provide advice, guidance, and support on its conduct and to identify challenges that may arise, with a focus on understanding and changing practice as a result. Throughout the book examples of action research illustrate each of the stages of action research so that you can see how action research has been conducted and applied in practice, and how this relates to the principles and practices of action research discussed in the book. Conducting action research can present a number of challenges. This book includes reflection points on the challenges posed, as well as advice on how these challenges may be addressed in order to achieve embedded and sustainable change. "The book to recommend to your students to help them understand how action research has developed as a form of inquiry and support them to plan their own studies. By clearly setting out the principles that underpin the process, and by linking to examples of how others have carried out research across a range of professions, it goes beyond being a basic introductory text and provides them with multiple routes into this complex and challenging area. Whether you are a novice or experienced researcher this book will provide you with new ways of thinking and challenge your conceptions about the theory and practice of action research. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and practical resources it will help you position yourself amongst the various influences that have shaped the area. The clearly laid out chapters provide you with a step by step process to designing an action research project. At each stage it provides links to key constructs and examples that will help you clarify your thinking and support as you implement your study." Professor Mark Hadfield, Director, Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education, University of Wolverhampton, UK "This book fully embraces the 'glorious and challenging diversity of action research' and is essential reading for anyone interested in undertaking any form of educational research. Written by a passionate exponent of action research, this book provides an excellent introduction into the topic and develops a number of key issues about the nature and context of action research. The author provides a detailed discussion of the current debate and goes on to deal with the practical challenges involved in the development of action research projects. Well written, in a challenging and accessible style, Action Research makes a major contribution to the improvement of teaching and learning that lies at the heart of action research." Ian Abbott, Director, Institute of Education, University of Warwick, UK "This refreshing new book will prove invaluable to teachers embarking on Masters-level Action Research studies. By drawing widely on scholarship to illuminate the practical challenges and problematic issues arising for practitioner-researchers, this book operates as a guide, a resource and also as a stimulating companion through the research process; it encourages readers to design and to refine action research approaches that meet the needs of their learners and the wider community. It will help teachers to redefine their practices and to confidently establish themselves as principled andprofessional teacher-researchers." Dr Andy Convery, University of Sunderland, UK "This book is a rich and useful text both for those wanting to explore the practice of action research and the key ideas underpinning it as an approach. Andrew Townsend brings much experience as a researcher, thinker and developer of action research in educational settings to this book." Professor Colleen McLaughlin, University of Cambridge (moving to Sussex) "I have recommended this book for practitioners on the action research programme we carry out. It is much more than a how to guide; it raises the fundamental questions about the nature of action research. One of its key strengths is that it discusses the tensions within action research in a critical manner and invites readers to reach their own conclusions. It succeeds admirably in its aim of appealing to a broad readership, including those new to action research or those wanting to know more about it." Mick Hammond, University of Warwick, UK
A growing number of both established and newly developed doctoral programs are focusing on the preparation of practitioners rather than career researchers. Professional doctorates such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf or DPS), and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) are, in fact, just a few of the professional doctorates being offered today. Professional doctorates are the fastest growing segment of doctoral education. The nature of the dissertation and the process of completing a dissertation can be quite different in a professional practice doctoral program but there are few resources for both students and faculty involved in completing and mentoring such dissertations. This book was written specifically for students and faculty involved in professional practice dissertation work. It addresses both the tasks and procedures that professional practice dissertations have in common with dissertations in "research" doctoral programs as well as the tasks and issues that are more common in professional practice doctoral programs. For example, negotiating entry into applied settings and securing the cooperation of practicing professionals is covered, as are alternative models for the dissertation (e.g., the "three article dissertation" or "TAD"). The book also covers tasks such as getting IRB approval for applied dissertation research conducted in the field and how to propose and carry out studies based on applied and professional models of research. This book, written by three experienced mentors of professional practice dissertation students, is the comprehensive guide for both students and faculty.
Hal A. Lawson,James Caringi,Loretta Pyles,Janine Jurkowski,Christine Bozlak
Author: Hal A. Lawson,James Caringi,Loretta Pyles,Janine Jurkowski,Christine Bozlak
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
As novel, complex social problems increase, especially those involving vulnerable people who reside in challenging places, the limitations of conventional research methods implemented by just one or two investigators become apparent. Research and development alternatives are needed, particularly methods that engage teams of researchers in real world problem solving while simultaneously generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge. Research methods that effectively tap the expertise of everyday people, especially those impacted by these targeted social problems, are a special priority because academic researchers often lack experiential knowledge that stems from direct, everyday encounters with these vexing problems. Participatory action research (PAR) responds to these manifest needs. It provides a methodological structure and operational guidelines for preparing and deploying people from various walks of life as co-researchers, and it provides a proven strategy for generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge as problem-solving in real world contexts proceeds.
"PAR is the ultimate in social justice practice. I suggest that PAR should be the basis for all nursing research. This book will provide you with the basics for getting started." óPatricia J. Kelly, PhD, MPH, APRN University of MissouriñKansas City (From the Foreword) Participatory action research is a qualitative research method conducted in collaboration with a community of people in order to effect changes in the community that are relevant to the residents. This is a practical, "how-to" resource for conducting participatory action research that guides readers, step by step, through planning, conducting, and disseminating nursing research using this qualitative design. It is part of a unique series of seven books devoted to nursing research using qualitative designs and methods. Examples from actual research along with author commentary illustrate potential pitfalls and challenges that may occur during the process and how to resolve them. Written by a leading scholar of nursing research and nurse experts in participatory action research, the book describes its philosophical underpinnings and state-of-the-art techniques, and provides a concrete road map for planning and conducting studies. It considers why this particular research method is best suited for a particular study, ethical considerations, and potential obstacles. The book also discusses how to ensure rigor during a study, providing examples from scholarly literature and the authorsí own work. Each case example features a description of the study, including why the investigator decided to use participatory action rather than another research design, how he or she solved gatekeeper and access-to-sample issues, and institutional review board concerns. Also included is a discussion of how to collect and analyze data and how to disseminate findings to both the scientific community and research participants. With a focus on practical problem solving throughout, the book will be of value to novice and experienced nurse researchers, graduate teachers, in-service educators, students, and nursing research staff at health care institutions. Key Features: Describes, step by step, how to plan, conduct, and disseminate participatory action research Delivers new designs and methods Focuses on solving practical problems related to the conduct of research Features rich nursing exemplars in a variety of health/mental health clinical conditions in the United States and internationally
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Business & Economics
This book will help work-based students to successfully navigate academia. It is a hands-on guide for learners, helping them to get the most out of their university experience. Real-life case studies and useful activities are embedded throughout, illuminating the routes to university qualifications based on workplace activity.
Qualitative Approaches to Parks, Recreation, Tourism, Sport, and Leisure Research
Author: Karla A. Henderson
Publisher: Venture Pub
"Dimensions of Choice (Second Edition) is an introductory text on the philosophy, theory, methods, and techniques applied to interpretive research and qualitative approaches in parks, recreation, tourism, sport, and leisure (PRTSL). The first edition of this book appeared in 1991 at a time when one could almost count on two hands the number of leisure researchers using qualitative approaches. Applying the possibilities of a qualitative approach directly to the park, recreation, and leisure field is promising, and over the past 15 years many more researchers in PRTSL have applied these approaches. This book contains many of the basic (but rethought) premises of the first edition and is expanded to include new issues such as reflexivity, computer aids, linking and mixed methods, evaluating research reports, and other emerging forms of data collection, analysis, and data presentations. This second edition provides a framework for using qualitative data in PRTSL and is designed for anyone who is interested in examining the dimensions of choice pertaining to research conceptualization, design, and analysis including practicing professionals who might want to consider using qualitative approaches for "in-house" research and evaluation in a broad range of recreation services, such as camps, outdoor education, public parks and recreation, youth-serving agencies, sports marketing, tourism promotion, special event planning, and clinical/community therapeutic recreation settings. This text is divided into three parts: (a) the evolution of the use of qualitative approaches applied to PRTSL; (b) a discussion of the methods commonly associated with using qualitative data, including field research and in-depth interviewing, focus groups and image-based analysis; and (c) the procedures and techniques common to most qualitative approaches. Not everything about qualitative methods can be covered in any book, but in this book the reader will be exposed to a broad explanation of possibilities, will learn how choice might be applied to research and evaluation questions in the PRTSL field, and will gain an understanding and appreciation for how and why choices influence research."--Publisher's website.
Getting to Grips with Research in Education and the Social Sciences
Author: Pat Thomson,Melanie Walker
In the contemporary world it is clear that the need to study beyond Masters Level is increasing in importance for a wide range of practitioners in diverse professional settings. Students across the world are choosing doctorates not only to become career academics, but to go beyond the academic arena, in order to make a personal and educational, as well as an economic investment, in their workplace careers and their lives. However for many doctoral students, both full-time and part-time, navigating the literature and key issues surrounding doctoral research can often be a challenge. Bringing together contributions from key names in the international education arena, The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion is a comprehensive guide to the literature surrounding doctorates, bringing together questions, challenges and solutions normally scattered over a wide range of texts. Accessible and wide-ranging, it covers all doctoral students need to know about: what doctoral education means in contemporary practice forming an identity and knowledge as a doctoral student the big questions which run throughout doctoral practice becoming a researcher the skills needed to conduct research integrating oneself into a scholarly community. Offering an extensive and rounded guide to undertaking doctoral research in a single volume, this book is essential reading for all full-time and part-time doctoral students in education and related disciplines.
Conceptualizing, Writing, and Defending the Dissertation
Author: Raymond L. Calabrese,Page Smith
Publisher: R&L Education
This book focuses on using faculty mentoring to empower doctoral students to successfully complete their doctoral studies, showcasing professors and dissertation advisors from the most prestigious universities in the United States. Whether the student is just beginning to think about entering a doctoral program, presently taking course studies, under stress, and doesn't know what the future offers, this is an ideal book because it maps the entire doctoral process.
A user-friendly guide of best practice for leading groups in various settings and with different populations, which incorporates the latest developments in today's mental health marketplace. Features multiple theoretical perspectives and guidelines for running groups for diverse populations, in the US and worldwide Offers modern approaches and practical suggestions in a user-friendly and jargon-free style, with many clinical examples Includes a major component on resiliency and trauma relief work, and explores its impact on clinicians Accompanied by an online resource featuring discussions of psychotherapeutic techniques in practice
A Graduate Student's Guide to Achieving Excellence
Author: Barbara E. Lovitts,Ellen L. Wert
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
This is one of three short booklets designed to be given to graduate students as they begin their studies. They explain the purposes of the dissertation and the criteria by which it will be assessed. They help students understand the context of their course work; the need to take an active role in shaping their studies; and the importance of thinking ahead about the components of the dissertation and the quality of scholarship they will need to demonstrate. These booklets are intended to support the dissertation research and writing process by providing faculty and advisors with guidelines for setting clear expectations for student performance, and with a model for helping students produce the desired quality of work. They encourage dialogue between faculty and students about the quality of the components of their dissertation project. They include rubrics that students can use to self-assess their work and that can aid faculty in providing focused feedback. Setting explicit targets and benchmarks of excellence of the sort advocated in these booklets will enable departments and universities to respond to demands for accountability with clear criteria for, and evidence of, success; and will raise the overall quality of student performance.
Are you worried about doing your early years action research project?. Does the thought of choosing the right research question feel daunting?. Are you concerned about the challenges you might face? ..If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then this is the book for you! ...Written in a lively and accessible style, this is the essential step-by-step guide to conducting your own action research project. The book introduces and evaluates different approaches to action research and explores how they can be applied in early childhood settings to create positive change and to improve practice. ..Using varied illustrations and case studies of contemporary projects in diverse early childhood contexts, the book addresses specific issues and challenges that you might face when conducting action research in such settings. ..Each chapter offers gentle guidance and support at a specific stage of the research process, from choosing your initial topic to formulating your research question, through to sharing the lessons of your project. ...The book's key features include: .. 16 'Steps' that walk you through the process of conducting your action research project. References to real life research projects to illustrate key ideas, themes, practices and debates. Advice on creating an action research journal, with sample extracts. 'Thinking Boxes' in each chapter to encourage you to review and reflect on the chapter's contents as you plan your research project. Checklists in each chapter of key concepts, processes and themes, together with further resources ..The authors explore some difficult issues associated with action research, including ethics, rigour, validity, critical reflection, and social and professional change. They show that there is more than one 'right' way to perform an action research project and advise you how to choose an approach that is appropriate for your particular interests and circumstances. ..Doing Action Research in Early Childhood Studies is an essential resource for students and practitioners of early childhood studies..
Lawrence F. Locke,Waneen Wyrick Spirduso,Stephen J. Silverman
Author: Lawrence F. Locke,Waneen Wyrick Spirduso,Stephen J. Silverman
Category: Social Science
Covering all aspects of the proposal process, from the most basic questions about form and style to the task of seeking funding, this Sixth Edition has been completely updated and revised to offer clear advice backed up with excellent examples.