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Action Research and New Media

Concepts, Methods, and Cases

Action research is now a well-documented and well-accepted research methodology. Moreover, it is especially appropriate in new media research, where innovation and change are continual, and where processes and outcomes are usually not predictable and often involve fuzzy and subjective human elements. This book offers a systematic, in-depth academic overview of the application of action research methods to the field of new media. In this space, it is the first publication of its kind in what is a new but rapidly growing field. The book is divided into two sections. Introducing the two key concepts, namely, new media and action research, the first section describes the underlying principles, processes, questions, methods and tools that are relevant to an action research approach to new media inquiry. This is followed by a deeper exploration of three advanced, innovative approaches to action research and new media: ethnographic, network, and anticipatory action research. The third and final section presents four case studies and their individual applications of action research in different new media contexts

As Brydon-Miller, Greenwood, and Maguire (2003) pointed out: 'action research
is a work in progress' (p. 11). Stringer (1999) commented that quite 'disparate'
histories of action research have been written by authors such as Kemmis and ...

Action Research for Change and Development

Action research in medical education Harden (1986) classified five types of
research approaches in medical education: ( 1 ) Experimental research; (2) Fact-
finding research; (3) Action research; (4) Open-ended research; and (5) Creative
 ...

The Complexity of Relationships in Action Research

The relationship between researchers and research is of great importance to action researchers. It is usually characterized as dialogical, recognizing the competencies of both groups of actors involved. But in theory as well as in practice, it appears to be a very complex issue. The aim of this third book of the Dutch Action Research Network is to discuss a number of aspects related to that complexity. A great mixture of experiences, new insights, concepts and methodological devices is presented. In the last part of this book, a number of methodological issues are analyzed. The book ends with some general conclusions about the strategic role of adequate relationships in action research.

10 Research as an intervention in social practice. The case of learning and
organizational development in health care Erik Kats, Folke Glastra & Petra
Schedler Social intervention is the primary object of investigation in considerable
areas of ...

Action Research

The Advantages and Limitations of Practice in Responding to Poor People's Voices Through Microfinance

This case study highlights the importance and limitations of practice on participatory action research. Action research is concerned with action and learning as core themes. In participatory action research, the research community brings in their expertise and participates with the researcher to bring about new knowing while aiming to achieve change. The practitioner researcher has the advantage of basing their research vision on the practice they aim to research on and drawing from those experiences. At the same time, they need to be able to lay aside their value judgments, honed by practice, in order to allow other voices to inform the research. The challenge is maintaining the balance between drawing from those resources and separating themselves from what they know in order to objectively collect and analyze research data. This case study uses data from my 2016 PhD thesis to discuss the research journey with a rural community in Zimbabwe and an urban community in Zambia within the context of providing microfinance loans. The research focus was to listen, learn, and allow the voices of poor people to inform a new approach to lending money for livelihoods support. However, the research lenses were tinted by my experiences as a microfinance practitioner, and this affected and almost deviated the research trajectory. As I recovered from this setback and concluded my research, I learnt the reality of carrying value judgments into the research. This was inevitable, and I needed to have internalized ways of checking the influence of those judgments on the research. Most importantly I learnt the value of taking in all that comes through the research process as outcomes that warrant consideration. I also learnt the value of frequent reference to the methodology protocols as designed at the outset, and consciously accommodate adaptations informed by emerging data.

This case study highlights the importance and limitations of practice on participatory action research. Action research is concerned with action and learning as core themes.

Participatory Action Research

Exploring Distributed Leadership in a Workplace Network

This case describes a commissioned research project that was undertaken to explore the role of interorganizational networks in supporting large-scale change and improvement and achieving the collaborative goals of patient safety and quality of care. The hypothesis was that there is a strong correlation between effective distributed leadership in an interorganizational network and the ability to achieve these mutual goals. This case gives an account of the research process which involved multi-stakeholder groups in a large geographical area and highlights some of the challenges in conducting research in that context, and using social network analysis software. In addition to the findings specific to the study's topic, this research also provided some insights into conducting qualitative research in a distributed network and into using social network analysis software. I share some recommendations for researchers undertaking similar projects with the intent of contributing what was learned and documenting the strategies used to overcome the challenges.

This case describes a commissioned research project that was undertaken to explore the role of interorganizational networks in supporting large-scale change and improvement and achieving the collaborative goals of patient safety and quality ...

Action Research

An Approach to Understanding Family Attitudes and Beliefs and Their Practice in a Dual Language Program in an Urban School Context