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ERIC Number: EJ922205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Participatory Action Research for High School Students: Transforming Policy, Practice, and the Personal with Social Justice Education
Cammarota, Julio; Romero, Augustine
Educational Policy, v25 n3 p488-506 May 2011
The authors discuss how participatory action research (PAR) informs the pedagogy and epistemology of the social justice education. PAR facilitates students' engagement in their social context and acquisition of knowledge to initiate personal and social transformation. The scope of research contains knowledge about social justice issues negatively influencing the students' experiences. This knowledge is essential for what has been described as social justice youth development in which young people participate in practices geared toward achieving an egalitarian world with safe, vibrant neighborhoods that support healthy, positive youth identities. The article is based on program evaluation data collected for progress reports mandated by the project's financial backers. Funding supports technical assistance provided by the university in the way of teaching students qualitative research methods. The authors' roles involve both assisting the course instructor with teaching methodologies and collecting data for evaluative purposes. High school students in small project groups (five to six members) conduct participatory action research with the intent of transforming the personal, policies and practices. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A