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ERIC Number: EJ905163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Youth Participatory Action Research: A Transformative Approach to Service-Learning
Schensul, Jean J.; Berg, Marlene
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v10 n3 p76-88 Sum 2004
This article describes a model of participatory action research and service-learning conducted with urban, high school African American, West Indian/Caribbean, and Puerto Rican/Latino youth and adult facilitators, in a nonclassroom setting, in a mid-sized northeastern city. Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) integrates critical theory, research paradigms that incorporate positionality, interactive ethnographic methods, and dialogic approaches to service-learning. It provides a context for examining questions related to instructional methods, reciprocal learning, information as service, and the nature and practice of service-learning as reproducing or transforming traditional structures of power and positionality. This case example, though it reflects work done with high school students, has implications for the ways both secondary and higher education can change to ensure service-learning programs that utilize research for social transformation. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A