Expanding the Action Project Method to Encompass Comparative Analyses

  • Jose Domene Trinity Western University
  • Richard A. Young University of British Columbia


This article is an exploration of the possibility and pragmatics of conducting between-groups comparative analysis in action theory and the action project method of qualitative research. After establishing the need for such a procedure and describing the compatibility of these analyses with the paradigm assumptions of action theory, the authors describe a specific set of procedures for conducting qualitative comparisons within the action project method. They also discuss limitations of the procedure and future directions for continuing the expansion of methods of comparison in qualitative research. Finally, they present a case illustration of the use of this comparative analysis method.

Author Biography

Richard A. Young, University of British Columbia
Professor Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education