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Engaged Research and Practice for Social Justice in Education Series Read Description

Research, Actionable Knowledge, and Social Change

Reclaiming Social Responsibility Through Research Partnerships

Paperback
September 2013
9781579227357
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    Stylus Publishing
  • Published
    16th September 2013
  • ISBN 9781579227357
  • Language English
  • Pages 276 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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September 2013
9781579227340
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    Stylus Publishing
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    11th September 2013
  • ISBN 9781579227340
  • Language English
  • Pages 276 pp.
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October 2013
9781579227364
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    1st October 2013
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  • Language English
  • Pages 276 pp.
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October 2013
9781579227371
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  • Language English
  • Pages 276 pp.
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A professional text written for social science researchers and practitioners, Research, Actionable Knowledge and Social Change provides strategies and frameworks for using social science research to engage in critical social and educational problem solving. Combining the best practices of critical analysis and traditional research methods, this professional text offers guidance for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM), a transformative model that explains how to successfully conduct action-oriented research in a multitude of professional service organizations. The aim of the text is to encourage a new generation of research-based partnerships reforms that promote equity and access for underserved populations.

Topics discussed include:
• The historical precedents for universities engaged in social change
• The limitations of current social science theory and methods
• The critical-empirical approach to social research
• The issues relating to social justice within the policy decision process
• The use of social research to integrate an emphasis of social justice into economic and policy decision making

Research, Actionable Knowledge and Social Change does not propose different foundations for social research, but rather argues that it is necessary to reconsider how to work with theory and research methods to inform change. This text can also be used by students enrolled in graduate and Ed.D/Ph.D Higher Education Leadership programs and graduate programs across professional fields including K-12, public administration, sociology, health, cultural studies, organizational development and organizational theory. It further offers students guidance for research design and dissertation research.

St. John’s book offers hope for practitioners, researchers and policymakers interested in moving past studying problems and moving toward addressing them. He provides both theoretical and practical guidance for individuals designing and engaging with actionable research. This book serves as a useful tool for graduate students, seasoned scholars, and those outside the academy who are interested in building partnerships.


Ronald Hallett, Assistant Professor, Director, Creating Opportunities Via Education - Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific

“St. John has spent his career studying the intersections of policy, practice, and research. He has struggled with how those of us concerned with social justice might move away from entrenched notions of research and measurement and instead infuse our work in more direct ways to achieve ends aimed at improving the public good. This book summarizes his ideas and suggest that actionable research has the potential of promoting social justice and fairness in education and social systems. The book will appeal to educational and social researchers interested in collaborating with practitioners committed to improving equity.”

William G. Tierney, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education - , University of Southern California

“St. John pushes us to reconsider the one-size-fits-all educational interventions of the day by demonstrating the effectiveness of the action-inquiry model on organizational change. In a brilliant elaboration on the theory of justice and human capabilities approach, he urges us toward a more sophisticated, multidimensional view of policymaking.”

Gilia Smith, Associate Director, Committee on Global Thought - , Columbia University

St. John’s book offers hope for practitioners, researchers and policymakers interested in moving past studying problems and moving toward addressing them. He provides both theoretical and practical guidance for individuals designing and engaging with actionable research. This book serves as a useful tool for graduate students, seasoned scholars, and those outside the academy who are interested in building partnerships.

Ronald Hallett, Assistant Professor, Director, Creating Opportunities Via Education - Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific

Illustrations
Foreword - Penny A. Pasque
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Reframing Social and Educational Research
2. Critical-Empirical Approach
3. Action Inquiry Model
4. Professional Development
5. Organizational Change
6. Public Policy
7. Leadership and the Public Good
8. Conclusions

Appendix: Dissertation Research
References
Index

Edward P. St. John

Edward P. St. John is Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. He is interested in education, justice, and public policy. He serves as series editor for Readings on Equal Education and has received awards for his leadership from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and for scholarship from the National Association of Student Financial Aid.