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ERIC Number: EJ1064032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Knowing What I Can Do and Who I Can Be: Youth Identify Transformational Benefits of Participatory Action Research
Zaal, Mayida; Terry, John
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v8 n1 p42-55 2013
To engage critically in their communities, young people must be equipped to identify and study problems that directly affect them. Our qualitative study reveals that youth participatory action research (YPAR) is one such approach, disclosing and affirming inherent gifts and talents in youth while collaboratively developing within them the critical skills to affect social change. We analyzed interviews, focus groups, participant observations, and student writing across 17 classrooms serving 290 students in two high schools to explore what students articulated learning through a YPAR curriculum. Students confidently claimed new roles and were transformed by the process. Our findings suggest that students engaged in YPAR have opportunities to develop skills they may not otherwise acquire within a traditional teacher-centered classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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