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WISR Books on Transformative Action Research

Two WISR Books, authored by WISR President, John Bilorusky, with contributions from WISR faculty, alumni and students will be released by Routledge Press on April 21.

Routledge Press is offering a 20% discount on each book through June 30th. To order either or both books, and to read advanced reviews of each book by experts in the field, and to learn more about the contents of each book,  go to:

Principles and Methods: https://bit.ly/39p0BWJ

Cases and Stories: https://bit.ly/3d8QPZy

 

View the Recording of the Question and Answer Session on the Books, from Saturday, May 1, 10 am to Noon Pacific Time, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vZDt-df0ZHxiKriT-2R6aCHLiL6Fg00Q/view?usp=sharing

This May 1st event was to celebrate WISR’s 46th Anniversary and for people to learn more about the two books in a question and answer session with John Bilorusky about the two action-research books to be released by Routledge Press on April 21 (see links for ordering above). 

The books grew out of 45 years of efforts by John Bilorusky, and other faculty, students, and alumni at WISR, to develop and put into practice methods of transformative action-research.

These methods are partly distinctive to the learning and efforts at WISR, and very much also based on several intellectual traditions, including: the naturalistic research methods of symbolic interactionists, the scientific methods practiced by the most creative physical scientists (see for example, T.S. Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions), and the Dreyfus Theory of Expert Knowledge. The second volume includes vignettes describing and reflecting on ways to do action research for community, organizational, societal, and personal transformation–by over 20 WISR students and alumni. Also included are chapters by WISR alums David YamadaDennis HastingsMargery Coffey, and Marilyn Jackson (also a faculty/staff member), as well as by WISR faculty member, Sudia Paloma McCaleb, and WISR Master’s student, Kence Anderson. Former WISR faculty members, the late Dr. Terry Lunsford, and Dr. Cynthia Lawrence made extensive contributions to previous articles that have been rewritten and included as important parts of the book, as did former students, Vera Labat and Shyaam Shabaka.