Action research in the perspective of becoming: The significance of reflexive dialogue

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This chapter throws light on an action research project at a Danish public institution for deafblindness and hearingloss. The project took place over a period of 12 months and involved 22 employees as co-researchers. Based on this specific case, the chapter discusses action research as an approach to work with knowledge sharing and knowledge development and from within the organization in a future oriented perspective of becoming. This approach is an alternative to a more static view of “being” and implies a dynamic understanding of “knowledge” in practice as something fluid, which is socially constructed and continuously developing through human interaction, communication and negotiation. The findings from the project show that the frame of action research offered the participants a useful platform for dialogue, collaborative reflexivity, knowledge sharing and knowledge development where their communicative repertoire became expanded and more nuanced.
Translated title of the contributionAktionsforskning i et tilblivelsesperspektiv: Betydningen af refleksiv dialog
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAction Research in a Relational Perspective : Dialogue, Reflexivity, Power and Ethics
EditorsLone Hersted, Ottar Ness, Søren Frimann
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Publication date22 Jul 2019
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-25722-4
ISBN (Electronic)9780429289408
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2019
SeriesRoutledge Advances in Research Methods


  • action research
  • becoming perspective
  • knowledge sharing
  • knowledge development
  • dialogue
  • reflexivity


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