The aim of action research is to change practices, social structures, and social media which maintain irrationality, injustice and unsatisfying forms of existence.
–Robin McTaggart

Action Research is not a method, a template, a procedure or a project.

Action research is merely a framework for collaborative inquiry that requires a commitment to imagine, analyze and affect change.

As such, the action research process is problem-focused, context specific and future-oriented. Using a cyclic process where research, action and evaluation are interlinked, participants are encouraged to get involved in the change process (Bond & Hart, 1995). As the primary action researcher in my community of practice my role is to facilitate the co-generation of new information, analysis, reflection and action aimed at changing the problem situation (Greenwood & Levin, 1998). Thus, my participation is fundamentally designed to influence outcomes.

Considering the cross-cultural collaboration required in my action research setting I take caution not to impose change but rather encourage our group inquiry to evolve in a democratic direction.  Additionally, I acknowledge that many antecedent attempts to evaluate “evidence” from an academic perspective versus an indigenous one are rife with challenge.

Culturally, the value and direction of change is subjective.  Unlike a corporation with an explicit directive to maximize profits for stakeholders, my community represents a collective with implicit and diverse purposes.

Mindful of these group dynamics, we established a cooperative inquiry committed to active co-research by and for those to be helped (Heron, 1996).  Under this collaborative architecture we could better determine the purpose and outcome of our inquiry (Wadsworth, 1998).   In the end, we were able to create a group identity founded on intercultural competence that fostered harmony and avoided ethnocentric underpinnings of the past.