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Using Action Research to Develop a Public Programming Strategy for Heritage Assets, With an Example From South Africa

Using Action Research to Develop a Public Programming Strategy for Heritage Assets, With an Example From South Africa
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Author(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 27
Source title: Handbook of Research on Heritage Management and Preservation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3137-1.ch004

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Abstract

The literature on action research and how it should be applied is extensive. However, this chapter is not intended to be a substitute for or to provide a synopsis of the substantial body of literature on action research. Its aim is instead to show the potential benefits of this underutilised research approach in heritage management research. Although there are many varieties of action research, the major elements of action research processes are action, research, and participation. Action research has a collaborative social change agenda, with democratic transformation being achieved through the participation of professional researchers and practitioners. It bridges the divide between the outsiders (researchers) and insiders (stakeholders), and differs from many conventional research strategies in that it identifies a problem and attempts to provide a solution that leads to a change in the community or organisation. The case study on developing a public programming strategy for archival institutions in South Africa presented in this chapter illustrates this point.

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