Critical participatory action research

Robin McTaggart, Rhonda Nixon, Stephen Kemmis

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Critical participatory action research emerges from critique of conventional social and action research, recognizing that action research itself is a social practice's practice changing practice. It arises when people share concerns and work together to make their individual and collective practices less irrational, unsustainable, and unjust. By participating in public spheres, participants create communicative action and communicative space'clarifying their concerns, informing changes in their practices, and creating communicative power and solidarity. Participants' own analyses of their practices are supported by understanding practice architectures, local arrangements enabling or constraining their work. Changing a practice also involves changing practice architectures. Critical participatory action research differs from other research traditions because it supports participants changing 'what is happening here' in disciplined, prudent, and informed ways.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave international handbook of action research
EditorsLonnie L. Rowell, Catherine D. Bruce, Joseph M. Shosh, Margaret M. Riel
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781137405234
ISBN (Print)9781137441089
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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