Participatory Action Research

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SAGE, 2008 - Social Science - 79 pages
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Participatory Action Research (PAR) introduces a method that is ideal for researchers who are committed to co-developing research programs with people rather than for people. The book provides a history of this technique, its various strands, and the underlying tenets that guide most projects. It then draws on two PAR projects that highlight three integral dimensions: the meaning of participation; the way action manifests itself; and the strategies for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information.

Author Alice McIntyre describes the various ways in which PAR is carried out depending on, for example, the issue under investigation, the site of the project, the project participants, people's access to resources, and other related issues.

Intended Audience: This resource is an ideal supplement for graduate courses PAR, qualitative research, and various types of action-based research.
 

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Contents

Participatory Action Research
1
What It Means and How It Works
15
Action and Change in Participatory Action Research
33
What Constitutes Research in Participatory
49
Concluding Reflections
61
References
71
About the Author
79
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Alice McIntyre is the Director of Elementary Education and an Associate Professor at Hellenic College. She has conducted Participatory Action Research for over a decade. She authored three books and co-edited another, all of which discuss PAR as an approach for engaging with people in processes of reflection, education, and change. She is I am currently writing about a two-year PAR project with nine and ten-year-old Latina girls in the U.S., focusing on what it means for them to be girls.

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