ERIC Number: EJ1156409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Youth Voice, Civic Engagement and Failure in Participatory Action Research
Burke, Kevin J.; Greene, Stuart; McKenna, Maria K.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v49 n4 p585-601 Nov 2017
In this article, we tell the story of a changing urban landscape through the eyes of the youth we work with in an ongoing after-school program and community-based research project rooted in Photovoice methodology. In particular, we focus on the work that, over the 6 years of our time with youth, has "ended up on the cutting room floor" (Paris and Winn (eds) "Humanizing research: decolonizing qualitative inquiry with youth and communities." SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, 2014, p. xix). This attention to the work that has fallen through the cracks is a move to engage the central tenets of Humanizing Research, but it's also a call to think critically with and through the failures that emerge in work with youth. We attend specifically to an ongoing failure in our work as a way to think about the kinds of promises that are often made and broken in participatory action research. In doing so, we tease out the implications of our work with youth and the steps community-based researchers can take to navigate the challenges that can impede the goals of fostering meaningful change.
Descriptors: Photography, Social Action, Youth, Urban Areas, After School Programs, Student Research, Research Projects, Research Methodology, Participatory Research, Action Research, Humanization, Citizen Participation, Failure
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