Action Research Skills - Virtual Programme

We are pleased to offer the newly shaped virtual programme of Action Research Skills development. This builds on the successful programme of participative sessions that we have been running as Ashridge since 2013.

The sessions are practically-oriented, interactive and playful. They are open to anyone who wants to bring a reflective, inquiring approach to their work or life. This includes all research students, alumni, practitioners of change. It is suitable for those new to action research as well as those more seasoned practitioners who want to take time out to refresh their practice and meet others doing the same. It is highly recommended for anyone considering an action research programme at Ashridge.

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The virtual programme consists of four, 3-hour modules:

Module 1: Inquiring for Me

Module 2: Inquiring Between Us

Module 3: Inquiring For the World

Module 4: So what, now what?


**Inquiring for Me
**Developing reflective skills in the first-person underpins all action research. This is the skill that equips you to question assumptions, to find questions that really matter to you, and ultimately to stay open and curious as you steer your way through life and work projects. It is also a skill that is highly personal and often creative. In this session we’ll be taking a look at the habits and practices you might cultivate involved in doing first-person action research

**Inquiring for Us
**How does one open the space for discovery and inquire with others on issues that matter? This is the foundational skill of second-person action research whether form your inquiry groups or research might be taking. In this session we’ll talk about some of the different processes of second-person action research. We’ll spend most of the session trying this out in practice, playing close attention together to the dynamics and challenges of having an inquiring conversation.

Inquiring for the World
In this third session we come to questions of what this work is in service to and how we see change occurring. Here we pose inquiry as a heartfelt matter and will explore the nature of our participation in the world we move through. What is it to be fully human in that human and more than human world? How are we living in this world/on this planet in the time of the anthropoecene? In the exercise you will experiment with your storytelling skills – using a visual method known as Pecha Kucha.

So What, Now What?
In this final session we will take stock of what we have learnt and look at what next. The session is intentionally left open and will be designed closer to the time to meet the group interests. It could involve hearing from other practitioners about what skills they use or could be a deeper dive into some area of action research skill that has not yet been covered.

Dates & Fees

  • Module 1 - 18th January 2021
  • Module 2 - 21st March 2021
  • Module 3 - 21st May 2021
  • Module 4 - 26th July 2021

All sessions run from 13:30 - 16:30

Programme fee: £350 + VAT

Registration Process: Complete the form below - you will be contacted for payment before the programme begins.


Margaret Gearty

Margaret Gearty

B.A.I, MSc, MSc, PhD

Kerrie Fleming

James Traeger

BA (hons), PG Dip (Psych), PhD



Once you have submitted this form, we will contact you to take payment before the programme begins.

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