The action researcher as a reflective partner to a core group

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  • Dorthe Christensen
  • Nadarajah Sriskandarajah
The EU suggests applying bottom-up, participative learning approaches, such as Action Research, as steering instruments to meet the challenge of multifunctionality and its links with rural development. This paper focuses on the many demanding roles placed on an action researcher when working with rural stakeholders to achieve normatively desirable learning. It is suggested that in order to genuinely qualify the learning process and its outcome for all, the action researcher keeps an adequate balance between being “close to” or “inside” the stakeholder arena and “distanced to” or “outside” this arena. A model for how this balance could be achieved is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChanging European farming systems for a better future : new visions for rural areas
EditorsHans Langeveld, Niels Röling
Number of pages5
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Publication date2006
ISBN (Print)90-86860-02-8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventThe European International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) Symposium - Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 7 May 200611 May 2006
Conference number: 7


ConferenceThe European International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) Symposium

    Research areas

  • Former LIFE faculty - Learning, action research, multifunctionality, rural development

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