The use of reflection as a tool to support and develop practice
is becoming increasingly recognised across education, healthcare
and the social sciences. Reflection is assumed to create depth of
knowledge and meaning, both for self and those practised upon.
Running alongside the use of reflection is the prevalent use of
action research which some see as a way of approaching the study of
human beings from a philosophical perspective, in which sharing
takes place within mutually supportive environments. As a result,
many academics and practitioners suggest that one cannot improve
the methodology of action research without considering
In Action Research and Reflective Practice, the author argues
that reflective practice and action research can become mechanistic
in their use unless fresh creative approaches are employed.
Exploring the tension between the use of evidence-based practice,
based upon solid 'objective' research, and reflection, with its
'subjectivity' and personal perception, this book argues that
reflection is research. The author increases the use and
effectiveness of both action research and reflection through the
application of new creative and visual approaches.
Action Research and Reflective Practice demonstrates that
creative approaches can be utilised effectively in critically
reflexive ways, creating a new style of action research that is
both innovative and theoretically robust. The resultant approach
will improve evidence-based research in education, healthcare and
other social sciences to enhance perception and understanding of
events, identity and self. This book will be highly beneficial to
undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as educational and
social researchers, across a broad range of subjects within the
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