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Action Research in Social Programs

Crane, Philip R. (2006) Action Research in Social Programs. In Action Learning, Action Research and Process Management Conversation, 17 August 2006, Brisbane.

Abstract

In this paper I reflect on the factors that have facilitated the development and continued utilisation of action research within an Australian early intervention into youth homelessness program called Reconnect, and the implications this has for other social programs that may adopt action research.

Action research has a very substantial contribution to make to the central task of social programs and services, that of improving the situations of people. To do so however there are caveats- ones which relate to the way it sits alongside other forms of inquiry, the challenge of becoming institutionalised and sustainable in particular contexts, and the need for it to be seen as a process for maximising a range of social goods rather than as an end in itself.

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ID Code: 5034
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: action research, social programs, government, early intervention
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Philip R. Crane
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:34

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