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ERIC Number: ED359224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 90
Abstractor: N/A
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Participatory Action Research (PAR): What It Is, What It Isn't, How It's Done, What You Get.
Scherer, Marcia J.; And Others
An approach to educational research that is receiving renewed attention is participatory action research (PAR), which emphasizes a bottom-up approach to research as well as useful outcomes. PAR is a philosophy, and not a methodology per se. It is a deliberate, goal-directed, structured, and applied means of obtaining information that looks to informants as active participants in the evaluation and research process. The generalizability of findings is deemphasized in favor of localized, individually meaningful action outcomes. PAR emerges from sociology and social/cultural anthropology, and can use mixed methods and any design in which evaluation/research is participant directed. Several examples are given of the PAR approach. Appendix A describes a program evaluation conducted at the Department of Science and Engineering Support at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) of the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology involving 56 students. The survey instrument is included. Appendix B describes an interview study in which staff at the Instructional Design and Evaluation Department of the NTID were asked about the quality of instructional materials and the data were used to create guidelines and checklists for project planning and development. Appendix C contains a report on the development of instructional materials for two courses at the NTID. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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