ERIC Number: ED361341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Secondary Power Source: High School Students as Participatory Researchers.
Kelly, Deirdre M.
Conditions that foster and hinder participatory research are examined, using examples from one such research project aimed at dropout reduction undertaken with students in a "last chance" high school. The 13 student researchers sometimes used racial, gender, and social class differences to gain power and display undemocratic behavior within the group. Dilemmas arose as small-scale actions were implemented that seemed to threaten the power and authority of teachers and administrators both within the alternative school and the traditional high schools that fed into it. The limits to extending democracy to students through research are identified, drawing on recent theoretical work on feminist pedagogy and participatory research. It is concluded that youths need to be taken seriously as knowers and potential agents of change, and that adults who want to work with adolescent researchers need to model democratic teaching and leadership. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Democracy, Dropout Prevention, Educational Researchers, Feminism, Group Dynamics, High School Students, High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Participatory Research, Power Structure, Racial Differences, Research Problems, Secondary School Teachers, Sex Differences, Social Class, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).