Action research has been recognised for its breadth as a field of research practice and its depth as a discourse of theoretical insight. It does not have one neat, widely accepted definition. Points to some reasons for the difficulty of formulating a generally accepted definition of action research, and argues why action research should not be confined but should be both clarified for communication and open for development. The discussion stems from a working definition developed with participants in an international symposium that serves as a classic definition of action research. Presents several alternative approaches to resolution and argues for a judicious mix of pragmatism and flexibility in approaching the definition issue.
Altrichter, H., Kemmis, S., McTaggart, R. and Zuber‐Skerritt, O. (2002), "The concept of action research", The Learning Organization, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 125-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/09696470210428840
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