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An extensive listing of journals that publish action research can be found on The Center for Collaborative Action Research

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 New Books on Action Research (2015)

new books 2015

 i.e.: inquiry in education--A journal of the Center for Practitioner Research at National Louis University; an open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal, published twice per year.
The Public Science Project--directed by Michelle Fine; As the web site explains, "We believe social science can play an important role in the struggle for social justice. Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides a critical framework for making science – systematic inquiry and analysis – a public enterprise. Allied with feminist, critical race, and indigenous theory, PAR is an approach to research that values the significant knowledge people hold about their lives and experiences."

Active Learning: Social Justice Education and Participatory Action Research

Dana E. Write Connecticut College, USA

Series: Teaching/Learning  Social Justice
Active learning presents an examination of innovative, interactive, teaching strategies that were successful in engaging urban students who struggles with classroom learning. 
Drawing on rich ethnographic data, the book proposes participatory action research as a viable approach to teaching and learning that supports the development of multiple literacies.
The Canadian Journal of Action Research--An online, free access, peer-reviewed journal for elementary , secondary, and university teachers. Three volumes are published a year.
Center for Collaborative Action Research
The Center for Collaborative Action Research (CCAR)  links together educators, researchers, and community members. The Center's aim is to create deep understanding of educational problems in a range of different contexts including but not limited to schools, and to encourage evidence-based reasoning to solve these problems. 
Publication of Action Research 
viving and Thriving with Teacher Action Research: Reflections and Advice from the Field

Heather Lattimer and Stacey Callier (Eds) 

Series: Educational Psychology Vol 33 

The book shares the collected wisdom of more than thirty experienced teacher researchers. Designed to guide readers through the research process, the book is divided into five sections that reflect critical components of action research: developing a research question, designing a plan, engaging student voice, implementing the research process, analyzing data and sharing results. Relevant for both novice and seasoned action researchers, Surviving and Thriving is perfect for use in graduate education coursework, among professional learning communities, or by teachers embarking on action research independently.

UnBoxed is a peer-reviewed publication of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, the nation's first graduate school situated in K-12 schools. As always, all of our content is freely available on our website, where you may also order a printed copy of this and past issues:

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 Designing Inclusive Pathways with Young Adults 
 Learning and Development for a Better World

Judith Kearney Lesley Wood and Richard Teare

This book is the second in a series entitled ‘Learning and Development for a Better World’ and it explores the potential for self-directed lifelong action learning (LAL) by focusing on the design of development pathways with and for young adults. The book considers the reasons why LAL pathways are needed and draws on innovative approaches used by the Global University for Lifelong Learning (including micro enterprise, peace-building, music, sport and the creative arts) with examples from nine countries. The 
aim is to offer a timely response to the pressing global problem of access to learning and development for marginalized young people during the vulnerable period from their mid-teens to mid-twenties.

Peter de Liefde –
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A Participatory Paradigm for an Engaged Scholarship in Higher Education:

Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt, Lesley Wood and Ina Louw

This book provides a comprehensive conceptual framework, case studies, workshop processes and designs for academic development programs supported by two key concepts: Participatory Action Learning and Action Research (PALAR) – a conceptual integration of action learning and participatory action research – and action leadership. PALAR is conceived as a philosophy, a methodology, a theory of learning and knowledge creation, and as a facilitation process. Action leadership involves collaboration, action, concern and responsibility for others, rather than a position of power and control over them. It is participatory, strategic, ethical and non-hierarchical.
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Professional Learning in Higher Education and Communities: Towards a New Vision for Action Research

Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt, Margaret Fletcher and Judith Kearney

This book challenges the current thrust of neoliberalism and economic managerialism by unfolding a new vision of participatory action learning and action research (PALAR) as a
philosophy, methodology, and theory of learning and the facilitation process. The focus is on professional learning conceived as being participatory, collaborative, holistic and transformative, particularly through critical reflection and an affective-socio-cognitive approach. In a unique new approach, Professional Learning in Higher Education and Communities adopts a novel integration of social science with neuroscience to explain the processes and significance of PALAR. This 
provides the basis for justifying PALAR as an effective way to collaboratively achieve positive 
change, sustainable development and social justice, based on human agency and democratic 
values, for the common good and thus a better world for all. This book itself is testament to the 
critical reflection and affective-socio-cognitive approach that it advocates.

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