What is Action Research in the Context of Community Research?
A short paper about the development of action research/participatory action research and applications, particularly in the context of disability research. The role of ethics, self reflection and empowerment.
From a presentation by Dr Hilary Stace, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington. To the ANGOA Community Research Forum held at Victoria University, Wellington, 27 November 2012.
“Action research involves an ongoing reflective process whereby you reflect on what your research is telling you. Reflection also helps you recognise what values and beliefs might be informing your assumptions. With participatory action research you are also member of the community being researched so a participant in your own research. Much effective community research is done this way.”