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Developing Ethics and Standards in Action Research

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Ben Boog,

Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg
About Ben
Ben Boog, Masters Advanced Nurse Practitioner of Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg, P.B. 347, 5600 AH Eindhoven and the Masters of Art Education of the Hanze University & NHL University, Groningen, School of Performing Arts, Prince Claus Conservatoire, Veemarktstraat 76, 9724 ga Groningen, The Netherlands.
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Meindert Slagter ,

University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
About Meindert
Meindert Slagter, University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Grote Rozenstraat 38, 9712 TJ Groningen, The Netherlands.
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Jacques Zeelen

University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
About Jacques
Jacques Zeelen, University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Grote Rozenstraat 38, 9712 TJ Groningen, The Netherlands.
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Abstract

In a globalizing world, what role can social science research – particularly action research – play in order to address the risks of exclusion, poverty, social and physical insecurity and environmental deprivation? More specifically, how can this type of research be conducted in a participatory, responsible, transparent and scientific way? In other words: what about the ethics and standards in action research? This was the main focus of the World Congress on Action Research and Action Learning (August 2006) organized by the University of Groningen and the Higher Education Group of the Northern Netherlands. We begin by discussing the core characteristics of action research with reference to theory and practice. Reflection and action are key constituents of the process through the enactment of action research. The middle section draws upon the research findings presented at the congress and published in a book [B. Boog, J. Preece, M. Slagter and J. Zeelen (Eds.) (2008) Towards Quality Improvement of Action Research. Developing Ethics and Standards, Rotterdam/Taipei: Sense Publishers]. Citing authors who contributed chapters to the book mentioned above, we analyze four important subthemes: ‘participation, power and rapport’; ‘quality of research and quality management’; ‘learning to solve your own problems in complex responsive social systems, and ‘heuristics (rules of thumb) for action research practice’. Finally, we comment on possible quality improvements for action research. Our remarks relate to the problems of implementing the concept of participation, the ambition of action research to contribute to both knowledge production and social change and the need for systematic reconstruction (scientific validation) of action research.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.83
How to Cite: Boog, B., Slagter, M. & Zeelen, J., (2008). Developing Ethics and Standards in Action Research. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice. 17(4), pp.15–28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.83
Published on 29 Dec 2008.
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