What are some ideas for an action research study that I could conduct about honor?I want to design and evaluate an action research study for a culminating project on what it means to live with...

What are some ideas for an action research study that I could conduct about honor?

I want to design and evaluate an action research study for a culminating project on what it means to live with honor based on my theory that honor is a fight for believing in yourself, thus meaning what you say and keeping true to promises. What are some ideas for an action research study that I could conduct with this info? More specifically, what are some interview questions I could ask and who should I talk to and what kind of "project" I could continue with the answers I recieve from these interviews? I was wondering what I would ask a person who survived cancer and someone who has cancer about honor and how it fits into their daily lifes? Any ideas? Thanks!!

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To begin, you will need to determine which form of action research you want to accomplish.....

The following is a list of some terms to help you decide:

Traditional Action Research

Traditional Action Research stemmed from Lewin’s work within organizations and encompasses the concepts and practices of Field Theory, Group Dynamics, T-Groups, and the Clinical Model.  The growing importance of labour-management relations led to the application of action research in the areas of Organization Development, Quality of Working Life (QWL), Socio-technical systems (e.g., Information Systems), and Organizational Democracy.  This traditional approach tends toward the conservative, generally maintaining the status quo with regards to organizational power structures.


Contextural Action Research (Action Learning)

Contextural Action Research, also sometimes referred to as Action Learning, is an approach derived from Trist’s work on relations between organizations.  It is contextural, insofar as it entails reconstituting the structural relations among actors in a social environment; domain-based, in that it tries to involve all affected parties and stakeholders; holographic, as each participant understands the working of the whole; and it stresses that participants act as project designers and co-researchers.  The concept of organizational ecology, and the use of search conferences come out of contextural action research, which is more of a liberal philosophy, with social transformation occurring by consensus and normative incrementalism.


Radical Action Research

The Radical stream, which has its roots in Marxian ‘dialectical materialism’ and the praxis orientations of Antonio Gramsci, has a strong focus on emancipation and the overcoming of power imbalances.  Participatory Action Research, often found in liberationist movements and international development circles, and Feminist Action Research both strive for social transformation via an advocacy process to strengthen peripheral groups in society.


Educational Action Research

A fourth stream, that of Educational Action Research, has its foundations in the writings of John Dewey, the great American educational philosopher of the 1920s and 30s, who believed that professional educators should become involved in community problem-solving.  Its practitioners, not surprisingly, operate mainly out of educational institutions, and focus on development of curriculum, professional development, and applying learning in a social context.  It is often the case that university-based action researchers work with primary and secondary school teachers and students on community projects.

The second link is regarding a colon cancer patient living a life of honor.....maybe this will be helpful.

The third link gives examples of people living with cancer.

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