Review: Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead (2006). All You Need to Know About Action Research


  • Sunil Khanna Oregon State University



action research, data collection techniques, dissemination, monitoring practice, validation


This book serves as a comprehensive guide to action research. It provides useful information on how to undertake an action research project, write reports and disseminate research findings. Specifically, it explains how to identify a research question, map out an action plan, use appropriate methodologies and generate evidence from the data to test findings against the most stringent critiques. In doing so, the book provides justification for action research and its potential scholarly benefits. The book achieves most of the objectives set out by the authors in the introductory section. The strength of the book is reflected in the authors' skillful organization of key concepts in a manner that follows a logical order. Chapters, sections, and subsections respond to questions posed at the beginning of each section. The use of examples and case studies is especially helpful in educating researchers about all aspects associated with "doing action research." The book is written more for a practitioner-scholar than for scholar-practitioner. However, the book only marginally succeeds in contextualizing action research in the larger theoretical and interdisciplinary discourse. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs070382


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Author Biography

Sunil Khanna, Oregon State University

Sunil K. KHANNA is associate professor for anthropology. His academic training is in the fields of theoretical and applied anthropology. He is involved in research and intervention efforts aimed at reducing gender and ethnic disparities in health through improvements in access to and utilization of health services.




How to Cite

Khanna, S. (2007). Review: Jean McNiff & Jack Whitehead (2006). All You Need to Know About Action Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3).