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Participatory Research in Palliative CareActions and Reflections$
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Jo Hockley, Katherine Froggatt, and Katharina Heimerl

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199644155

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644155.001.0001

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Action research: an overview

Action research: an overview

(p.2) (p.3) Chapter 1 Action research: an overview
Participatory Research in Palliative Care

Jo Hockley

Katherine Froggatt

Katharina Heimerl

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the scene for the whole book and maps the history of action research starting with Lewin's work as a psychologist in the 1940s, its take-up within education to its current position in healthcare. Because of its history, action research has numerous names and definitions — the majority of which are cited briefly in this chapter and then specifically addressed within individual chapters of the book. The philosophical perspective of action research is debated concluding its position within critical social theory. The importance of a cyclic process involving a change intervention and an important partnership between the researcher and practitioners is emphasised. Finally, the chapter looks at palliative care and the uptake of action research as a methodology within the specialty.

Keywords:   history of action research, philosophical perspective, definition, democratic, cyclic-process, tacit knowledge

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