Buddhism and action research: towards an appropriate model of inquiry for the caring professions

  title={Buddhism and action research: towards an appropriate model of inquiry for the caring professions},
  author={Richard Philip Winter},
  journal={Educational Action Research},
  pages={141 - 160}
  • R. Winter
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Sociology
  • Educational Action Research
Abstract This article traces parallels between the basic principles of action research and some key Buddhist doctrines. The argument is that action research's methodological focus on values, collaboration, dialectics, change and creativity is reinforced and clarified by the Buddhist emphasis on practices such as meditation and on the doctrines of ‘metta’, ‘harmonious speech’, ‘kamma’ and the impermanence of all phenomena, including the self. Finally, the issue of validity in social inquiry is… 
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