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Co-Operative Inquiry

Co-Operative Inquiry
Research into the Human Condition

  • John Heron - South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, New Zealand, South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, Auckland

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Qualitative Research

240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is the first textbook to provide a comprehensive overview of cooperative inquiry--research with people in which the roles of researcher and subject are thoroughly integrated. Cooperative inquiry is a wide-ranging and distinctive form of participative research in which people use the full range of their sensibilities to inquire together into any aspect of the human condition. The purpose of Cooperative Inquiry is to offer both a detailed, practical guide explaining how to use the method. This includes: The main ways of setting up inquiry groups Different types of--and topics in--cooperative inquiry Four principal kinds of inquiry outcome How to develop three key methods of group development The main stages of the inquiry cycle, highlighting key issues for practice Special skills involved Procedures for enhancing validity Second, the book provides a broad theoretical background of cooperative inquiry in practice, including: A history of the method The underlying participative paradigm Theoretical and political implications The importance of a practical perspective A critique of traditional research techniques Cooperative Inquiry will encourage and empower students, practitioners, and researchers who are looking for powerful and empathetic tools with which to do social research.
Research Method and Participation
Overview of Co-operative Inquiry
Initiating an Inquiry Group
Stages of the Inquiry Cycle
Inquiry Outcomes
Radical Memory and Inquiry Skills
Validity Procedures
Validity and Beyond
A Postconceptual Worldview
Arguments for Co-operative Inquiry

`This text is a quality addition to the literature of qualitative research and postmodern forms of inquiry....Researchers struggling with some of the more esoteric aspects of this orientation will find the clarity of the text and the balance of theoretical and practical content especially refreshing' - Management Learning

'For those of us engaged in facilitating and researching our experiential groupwork with people, Co-operative Inquiry, is an essential sourcebook....The arguments for using co-operative inquiry are compelling and Heron covers the philosophical and methodological ground skilfully' - Peter Ridge, ELAN Newsletter

`In my view Heron has succeeded not only in decisively undermining the philosophical foundations of much of what currently passes as "social scientific" research, but he has carefully and exhaustively articulated a research approach which is not only epistemologically mature, human(e)istic and empowering, but which offers a "hopeful" antidote to the mechanistic and soul-less malaise that typifies so much current scientific research.... Co-Operative Inquiry is enormously relevant to the counselling field, not least in terms of research procedure and what Heron calls "being-values". It is one of the most challenging and potentially transformative books to appear in recent years' - Counselling, The Journal of The British Association for Counselling

John Heron

John Heron founded the Human Potential Research Group at the University of Surrey, and later pioneered personal and professional development programs for doctors, as Assistant Director, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London. He now runs the South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, New Zealand. More About Author