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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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Quality and ethics in systemic action research

Quality and ethics in systemic action research

(p.155) Eight Quality and ethics in systemic action research
Systemic action research

Danny Burns

Policy Press

This chapter develops some arguments about quality and ethics in systematic action research. These arguments build on an emerging literature within the field of action research about what good research is within a participative paradigm. This chapter argues that the whole point of systematic action research is to get grips with the messy, complex, and difficult issues that have often defied resolution in the arenas of deprivation, conflict and poverty. To work in these areas entails risk and not to work in these parts is unethical. Procedural quality control and ethical regulation in practice often become a way of gate keeping and preventing real change. Under the rhetoric of protecting the individual one can fail to get grips with issues that are facing whole communities. In this chapter, it is argued that both quality and ethical practice come down to the relationship that external facilitators have with individuals and communities. This cannot be codified into standard procedure.

Keywords:   quality, ethics, systematic action research, action research, good research, participative paradigm, Procedural quality control, ethical regulation

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