Narratives and activity theory are useful as socially constructed data collection tools that allow a researcher to access the social, cultural and historical meanings that research participants place on events in their lives. This case study shows how these tools were used in a participatory action research project that engaged a diverse team of professionals in improving the delivery of social services for children. The narrative and activity theory tools are shown to aid insight, understanding, and action during the project.
Stuart, K. (2012). Narratives and activity theory as reflective tools in action research. Educational Action Research, 20(3), 439-453. Full Text.