Action research combines academic studies, participation in public debates, public policy advocacy, and the strengthening of institutions (for example, think tanks and nongovernmental organizations).
This book explores the advantages and challenges of this type of work. Closely interacting with diverse audiences tends to give the action researcher greater empirical accuracy and relevance, and also serves as a source of motivation. Nevertheless, it can also lead to the risk of dispersion, lack of analytical distance, and burnout.
To help researchers capitalize on these advantages and overcome the difficulties, this book proposes a new technique—“amphibious research.” This technique, which is based on methodological approaches and hybrid styles of writing, allows action researchers to gather contributions from different fields and to circulate their results in multimedia formats.
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