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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research
EditorsBridget Somekh, Susan E. Noffke
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages14
Edition1st ed.
ISBN (Electronic)9780857021021
ISBN (Print)1412947081, 9781412947084
Publication statusPublished - 2009


This chapter examines and explores the potential of action research to enhance social justice in education. It discusses different approaches and practices within the field of education in relation to epistemologies and principles underlying research for social justice. Implicit in many characterizations of action research is the potential to work for justice – in small-scale projects or for larger social and educational ends. At the same time, disquiet has been expressed by many action researchers about the co-option of action research for merely instrumental ends, or for purposes of social control rather than of social justice. The chapter addresses the question: when and how far is action research coherent with aims for social justice?

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