Action Research and Sociometry

In my exploration of Moreno’s ideas on Methodology I have come across Action Research. Kurt Lewin’s name comes up again. I recall he had something else that was *like* Moreno, but not quite? Yes, Force Field analysis, (see next post). I wonder how connected it all is, and how useful? Or if it is important to see the specific Moreno aspects that might be overlooked? I imagine the ideas of wap and Maximum Voluntary participation might not be present. Will check out, and would be interested in comments from people who know!

Action research
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Action research is a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a “community of practice” to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. Action research can also be undertaken by larger organizations or institutions, assisted or guided by professional researchers, with the aim of improving their strategies, practices, and knowledge of the environments within which they practice.

Kurt Lewin, then a professor at MIT, first coined the term “action research” in about 1944, and it appears in his 1946 paper “Action Research and Minority Problems”. In that paper, he described action research as “a comparative research on the conditions and effects of various forms of social action and research leading to social action” that uses “a spiral of steps, each of which is composed of a circle of planning, action, and fact-finding about the result of the action”.

Action Research

I am interested to get hold of the article by Philip Carter

And one by J Guntz

Look these up in the Psychodrama library?

[CITATION] An essay on the metascience of psychodrama
PF Kellermann – Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry, 1991
Cited by 5 – Related articles – Web Search

[CITATION] Progress and Pitfalls in Sociometric Theory
JL Moreno – Sociometry, 1947 – JSTOR
Cited by 5 – Related articles – Web Search


Here is the abstract of another one:

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A unique accession number assigned to each record in the database; also referred to as ERIC Document Number (ED Number) and ERIC Journal Number (EJ Number). EJ681179
The name assigned to the document by the author. This field may also contain sub-titles, series names, and report numbers. Action Research: A Contradiction in Terms?
Personal author, compiler, or editor name(s); click on any author to run a new search on that name. Hammersley, Martyn
Terms from the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors; used to tag materials by subject to aid information search and retrieval. Click on a Descriptor to initiate any new search using that term. Research Methodology; Inquiry; Action Research; Educational Research; Greek Civilization
The entity from which ERIC acquires the content, including journal, organization, and conference names, or by means of online submission from the author. Oxford Review of Education, v30 n2 p165-181 Jun 2004
More Info:
Help Peer-Reviewed:
An indication of whether the document came from a peer-reviewed journal or U.S. Department of Education publication. Note: Used from 2005 onward. More Info:
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Publisher name and contact information, as provided by the publisher; updated only if notified by the publisher. Customer Services for Taylor & Francis Group Journals, 325 Chestnut Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420 (Toll Free); Fax: 215-625-8914.
Publication Date:
The date the document or article was published. 2004-06-01
The total number of pages including all front-matter. 18
Pub Types:
The type of document (e.g., report) or publication medium. Journal Articles; Reports – Research
A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. The core idea of action research is that there should be an intimate relationship between inquiry and practical or political activities. A challenge to this idea based on an influential ancient Greek hierarchy between theoria and praxis is examined. The contrary, pragmatist, notion that all inquiry arises out of human activity is accepted, but not the instrumentalism sometimes derived from it. Research must be treated as operating on the same plane as any other activity, but the relationship between the two will always be less than isomorphic, and this creates the prospect of severe tensions. These can be managed contextually in two ways: by subordinating inquiry, or by making it primary. Both are legitimate, but any attempt to treat the two components of action research as equal faces contradiction.
Source of the abstract: ERIC or Author; prior to 2005, abstractor initials appeared at the end of the abstract. Author
Reference Count:
The number of bibliographic references included in the indexed item. 64

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