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ERIC Number: EJ1124682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1925-7147
Feeling Like Research Partners as a Youth-Adult Team
Gardner, Morgan; Brown, Linda; Young, Elizabeth; Young, Allie; McCann, Ann; Myles, Carol
Canadian Journal of Action Research, v17 n3 p20-38 2016
Participatory action research (PAR) lacks concerted attention to what makes youth-adult teams feel like genuine partners. This paper explores our youth-adult PAR team's experience of what made us feel like partners during our five-year study of youth voice in educational change. Our findings reveal that we felt like research partners when our partnership was rooted in 1) real relationship; 2) shared power, responsibility and passion; 3) a culture of flexibility, creativity and unfolding; and 4) transformation. By conceptualizing partnership in a manner that incorporates both youth and adult felt experiences and shared understandings, notions of youth-adult partnership become more inclusive. These findings (re)orient current emphases placed on the partnering benefits to youth, research and social change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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