Weaknesses of Action Research

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Weaknesses of Action Research
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Despite the many advantages that Action Research (AR) might have, Brydon-Miller et al. (2003) mention that one of the weaknesses of Action Research is: its localism. AR often takes place on the local scale and it cannot be extended to a broader context.
Because AR is done on a “case-by-case” basis, action researches often have problems with intervening in large-scale social change attempts.
Problems as environmental degradation, political conflicts and increasing inequality are difficult to address in AR.
I wonder are there any additonal known weaknesses of AR?
Brydon-Miller, M., Greenwood, D. And P. Maguire (2003) “Why Action Research” Action Research Vol. 1 pp 9-28...Sign up

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Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
Thanks for sharing this, indeed AR lends itself to smaller-scale issues, such as single case studies
or reflective studies.
Sometimes you al...Sign up

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Bob Dick, Consultant, Australia, Member
I suspect such problems as "environmental degradation... and increasing inequality" are difficult to address whatever the approach. We're not progress...Sign up

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