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Systemic action researchA strategy for whole system change$
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Danny Burns

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347381

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347381.001.0001

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Issues for action research facilitators

Issues for action research facilitators

(p.136) (p.137) Seven Issues for action research facilitators
Systemic action research

Danny Burns

Policy Press

This chapter explores at the complexities of action research from the perspective of action research facilitators and those overseeing and managing action research projects. It examines the following important issues; 1) the key roles for systematic action research facilitators; 2) the relationship of systemic action research facilitators to the research; 3) recording inquiry group sessions; and 4) support for action research facilitators. It is argued in this chapter, that action research facilitators should recognise themselves as active participants in that process. They should take a position as co-learners in the process and they need to be present both in role and as a person. Good facilitation of action research depends on mobilising passion and building trust. It should encourage emergence rather that push for solutions, and it should require the action research facilitators to make strategic challenges.

Keywords:   complexities, action research, action research facilitators, action research projects, key roles, inquiry group sessions

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