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Una meta-teoria per la ricerca-azione: dalla teoria di campo alla action science
Author/s: Victor J. Friedman 
Year:  2009 Issue: 3-4 Language: English 
Pages:  16 Pg. 51-66 FullText PDF:  384 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIP2009-003003
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The goal of this paper is to argue for the importance of ‘meta-theories’, or "theories about how to build theories", in action research. Meta-theories express the fundamental assumptions about the world that underlie a theory and influence our ability to combine knowledge and communicate. Action research was originally based on "field theory", a meta-theory developed by Kurt Lewin but largely abandoned by his followers. One of the few meta-theories to have emerged from action research is "action science", which developed by Chris Argyris and Donald Schön. Although there appears to be little similarity between the two meta-theories (i.e. field theory and action science), this paper argues that they actually complement each other. It suggests that integrating field theory and action science into a unified meta-theory can provide action researchers and practitioners with concepts that can enable them see their "behavioral world" in ways expand the range of possible goals, actions, and relationships.

Victor J. Friedman, Una meta-teoria per la ricerca-azione: dalla teoria di campo alla action science in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 3-4/2009, pp. 51-66, DOI:10.3280/RIP2009-003003


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