Stringer, E.T. (1999). Action
research (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
In the second edition of this practitioner-oriented book,
Stringer extends his audience to include not only the community-based
practitioners addressed in the first edition but also the ever growing number
of scholars and students engaging in research in the university setting. The
language of this volume is very accessible and one does not need to be familiar
with typical research to grasp the research tools here provided. Procedures are
set out in detailed step-by-step fashion and, new to this second edition, each
chapter ends with a boxed summary that may be used as check-lists. Throughout
the book, the author has provided personal anecdotes to support the techniques
described. Chapter topics cover all aspects of action research from its genesis
and methodology, based on the simple routine look, think, act
that guides the research process, to the details of setting up a study,
gathering information, analyzing situations, formulating practical solutions
and putting these into action, and organizing and writing formal reports. The
final chapter revisits the research processes presented in the book and
reflects on issues such as legitimacy in community-based action research and
giving voice to the participants in research.
This is an excellent up-to-date site with links to definitions, journals,
and numerous references on action research. More than 100 other sites are also
accessible through this site, which includes sources from Canada, the UK,
Australia, New Zealand, and others apart from the USA.
refereed on-line journal of action research. This new site out of Southern
Cross University in Australia already has the first papers posted and promises
to be another source for recent articles on action research.
Action Research: A refereed international journal concerned with exploring the
unity between educational research and practice. Site contains many full text
of several ERIC Digest sites of interest to action researchers.