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Beyond Actions

Psychology of Action Research for Mindful Educational Improvement


Norijuki Inoue

Beyond Actions is a new breed of book on action research, going beyond procedural descriptions of action research and discusses psychological processes and epistemological challenges involved in planning and conducting action research. The book discusses in depth key concepts of action research and the ways in which these concepts actually contribute to the improvement of educational practice by assuming the viewpoint of educators. Dr. Inoue offers ample opportunities for readers to deeply reflect on personal, social, cultural, and philosophical foundations of practice improvement efforts and develop a comprehensive understanding of action research. Beyond Actions is targeted to educators, educational researchers, principals, and students taking graduate-level courses in action research, educational research methods, educational psychology, education foundations, educational leadership, and other related fields as well as anyone seeking a new methodology for mindful educational improvement.


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This book became possible thanks to many people whom I met over the years. First, I would like to thank my students at the University of San Diego (USD) whose ideas and action research projects inspired me and motivated me to write this book. Without having numerous interactions with my stu- dents about their ideas, experiences, and aspirations, this book would have never been possible. Second, I would like to thank my fellow faculty members at USD—many of whom also advise action research projects. I would never have come up with many ideas that I discussed in this book without being a part of intriguing dialogues about educational research and advising action research projects with my colleagues. I would also like to thank many people I met at conferences and symposia across the globe. I am especially indebted to people I worked with in the annual Action Research Conference in San Diego. Particularly, I feel lucky to have met many brilliant individuals whose ideas and personhood truly inspired me— Bill Torbert, Susan Noffke, Jack Whitehead, Jean McNiff, just to name a few. I would also like to express my gratitude to those at Japanese universities and schools who helped me deepen my understanding about Japanese lesson study and its underlying epistemology—Tadashi Asada at Waseda University, Takuya Matsuura and Norio Ikeno at Hiroshima University, Satoshi Takahashi at Shukutoku University, Keiko Hino at Utsunomia University, Nagomi Kawada and her colleagues at San Diego Minato School, Satoshi Suzuki as well as...

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