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WISR Books on Transformative Action Research

Two new books, authored by WISR President, John Bilorusky, with contributions from WISR faculty, alumni and students was released by Routledge Press on April 21, 2021.

To order the books from Routledge Press, read advanced reviews of each book by experts in the field and to see a preview of the Table of Contents, first chapter and more,  go to:

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









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

Recording of the Question and Answer Session on the Books, Saturday, May 1, 2021 when we celebrated WISR’s 46th Anniversary learning about these two new books in a question and answer session with John Bilorusky. 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.

Principles and Methods: These methods are partly distinctive to the learning and efforts at WISR. They are also 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, for example: T.S. Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions and the Dreyfus Theory of Expert Knowledge.

Cases and Stories: 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 Yamada, Dennis 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.