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ERIC Number: EJ823380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0279-6015
Commentary: Participatory Action Research Leads to Sustainable School and Community Improvement
Hughes, Jan N.
School Psychology Review, v32 n1 p38-43 2003
Fantuzzo, McWayne, and Bulotsky (2003) describe a collaborative community research program that aims to decrease the population incidence of child maltreatment and build preschool children's competencies. Additionally, Fantuzzo and his colleagues have demonstrated their commitment to collaborate with community residents, practitioners, and agencies to apply research-based conceptualizations and empirical findings to building a community's capacity to protect its most vulnerable children. This collaborative community research program is an exemplar of the successful integration of two prevention research traditions: the investigator-driven research model and the participatory action research model. In this commentary, the author first compares the goals, assumptions, methods, benefits, and limitations of each approach to school and community prevention research. Next, the author argues that the integration of traditional director-driven prevention research methods and participatory action research methods, as illustrated in the Fantuzzo et al. (2003) article, is essential to the goal of sustained and effective community prevention efforts. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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