Welcome to Action-Research, the WISR Way

Hi! Welcome to WISR’s blog and library of readings and resources on action-research. This is also the place to find news about upcoming and past WISR seminars on action-research, as well as discussions about issues, ideas and methods raised in those seminars. “Action-Research”–which at WISR includes qualitative approaches to social research, participatory research, community-based action-inquiry, and related methods–is a core area of knowledge, expertise and concern among WISR faculty, students and alumni. This blog is a new, and central, vehicle for learning more about WISR’s approaches to action-inquiry, in general, and some of the specific action-research pursuits of members of the WISR community, in particular.

This blog is also WISR’s alternative to traditional online classes–it is WISR’s online approach to collaborative inquiry and study in the many facets of action-research. We look forward to comments and dialogue, not only from WISR students, faculty and alumni, but from scholars, activists and community service professionals who have not previously been involved at WISR.

  1. Avatar of Marilyn Jackson

    #1 by Marilyn Jackson on January 14, 2011 - 9:53 pm

    Here is the announcement for the first of a series of quarterly seminars at WISR about Action Research:

    Saturday, January 15, 10:00am-12:30pm
    John Bilorusky, PhD & Marilyn Jackson, PhD, Faculty, Facilitators. We will discuss the significant role collaboration plays in inquiry in community-based participatory action-research, cutting-edge research in the natural sciences, popular education, including the folk school movement and WISR student academic projects. This seminar will be supplemented by articles and learning exercises available online. All WISR students are expected to participate actively in learning about and in using collaboration in action-research. Participation in this seminar and follow up learning activities is the best and easiest way to accomplish this. You are invited to bring fingerfood snacks to share. *MFT Students: Since there will be only one regular MFT seminar in January, attendance at the action-research seminar not only addresses part of the WISR action-research requirement, but also counts as attendance at an MFT seminar this month.

  2. Avatar of John Bilorusky

    #2 by John Bilorusky on April 13, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    The short article on “Collaboration and Action Research” was written by WISR faculty member, John Bilorusky, PhD, specifically for this blog. Other, more detailed articles on action-research written by WISR faculty, students and alumni can be currently found on our website at: http://www.wisr.edu/publications/index.htm Eventually, most of these articles will be moved to this wisrville.org site.

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