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Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research
An Organizing Guide

Foreword by Timothy K. Eatman
Afterword by Rick Dalton
Paper: 978 1 57922 835 4 / $25.00 Published: January 2017

Cloth: 978 1 57922 834 7 / $95.00 Published: February 2017

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Published: January 2017

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
166 pp., 6" x 9"
19 illus

Series: Engaged Research and Practice for Social Justice in Education
Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research: An Organizing Guide offers higher education and school professionals practical guidance and methods for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM) in engaged research initiatives and community partnerships. Replete with group exercises and case studies, this guide was originally developed to supplement workshops for faculty, administrators and students working on action initiatives that focused on critical educational issues facing local communities. It provides a useful framework and straightforward techniques for building empowering partnerships.

The Action Inquiry Model (AIM) includes four stages:
Assessment: Using research and experience to identify critical challenges facing the university with respect to the improvement of educational opportunities
• Organization: Developing workgroups to collaborate on initiatives that address critical challenges; providing financial support for new initiatives; and providing release time and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff who engage in reform initiatives
Action Initiatives: Treating reforms as pilot tests for new strategies, as a means of promoting organizational learning, professional development, and student success
Evaluation: Integrating the evaluation of current programs and incorporating new initiatives into the reform process.

This guide provides two methods for learning the inquiry process: a step-by-step process for defining tasks for teams of researchers and practitioners working together to use research to inform the educational improvement; and sets of case studies on assessment and action inquiry to inform groups in collectively discussing problems and strategies, an approach that supports the classroom use of the Guide.

The key tasks in action inquiry initiatives include:
1. Build an understanding of the challenge
2 Identify the causes of the challenge using data to test hypotheses
2. Look internally and externally for solutions
3. Assess possible solutions
4. Develop action plans
5. Implement pilot test, and evaluate

This guide is appropriate for professional development programs and as a text for higher education Masters and Ph.D. programs.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Timothy K. Eatman
1) Getting Started
2) Focus on Barriers to Social Justice
3) Organizing for Change
4) Using Information for Change
5) Learning From Experience
Afterword—Rick Dalton
About the Contributors

Chapter 1
Reviews & Endorsements:
"This guide demonstrates informationally rich and pedagogically intriguing strategies that can be effectively infused into practice. If readers are like me the will find themselves rolling up their sleeves while gleaning from its insights."
- Timothy K. Eatman, Dean, Honors Living Learning Community, Rutgers University-Newark
In Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research, Edward P. St. John, Kim Callahan Lijana, and Glenda D. Musoba offer readers a guide for organizing and using information for social justice in education. The authors pair a description of the Action Inquiry Method (AIM) with practices for the reader to use in his or her own context. In addition, the authors employ specific cases to explicate the relation of practitioners, institutions, partners, and researchers. Each case is followed by questions for individual or group reflection. The book includes sections written by researchers and practitioners, which models the varied roles and approaches to AIM as well as the benefits and challenges of collaboration in engaged research for social justice.

The book…enables and encourages practitioners and researchers as they begin to engage AIM for the first time or collaborate in a new setting. As ‘an organizing guide,’ [it] provides specific questions for the reader to use in assessing a situation and organizing a response.”
- Reflection in Action