Education, Participatory Action Research, and Social Change: International Perspectives

Hardcover | September 15, 2009

EditorDip Kapoor, Steven Jordan

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Drawing primarily from critical traditions in social and educational research, this book frames contemporary issues and several conceptual, theoretical-analytical and onto-epistemmic approaches towards the development and practice of PAR (Participatory Action Research) in multiple educational spaces and initiatives for socio-cultural change. These include indigenous conceptions from Berber (Algeria), Cree & Innuit (Canada), Maori (New Zealand), Adivasi (India) and African indigenous communities in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, while critical Euro-American traditions address neoliberal cooptation of PAR, Habermasian applications in higher education, critical pedagogy and critical ecological perspectives in North America and Australia.

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Drawing primarily from critical traditions in social and educational research, this book frames contemporary issues and several conceptual, theoretical-analytical and onto-epistemmic approaches towards the development and practice of PAR (Participatory Action Research) in multiple educational spaces and initiatives for socio-cultural c...

Dip Kapoor is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta and volunteer Research Associate of the Center for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an Adivasi-Dalit peoples’ organization in Orissa, India.  He is founding member and President of a Canadian voluntary organization that ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:September 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Introduction: International Perspectives on Education, PAR, and Social Change / Dip Kapoor & Steven Jordan * PART I: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON EDUCATION AND PAR * From a Methodology of the Margins to Neoliberal Appropriation and Beyond: Lineages of PAR / Steven Jordan * Participatory academic research (par) and People's Participatory Action Research (PAR):Research,Politicization and Subaltern Social Movements (SSMs) in India / Dip Kapoor * When Research becomes a Revolution: Participatory Action Research with Indigenous Peoples / Cora Weber-Pillwax * Ko tatou te rangahau, ko te rangahau ko tatou: A Maori Approach to Participatory Action Research / Lynne-Harata Te Aika & Janinka Greenwood * Translating “Participation” from North to South: A Case Against Intellectual Imperialism in Social Science Research / Cynthia Chambers & Helen Balanoff * Action Research for Curriculum Internationalization: Education versus Commercialization / Robin McTaggart & Gina Curro * Critical Complexity and Participatory Action Research: Decolonizing “Democratic” Knowledge Production / Joe Kincheloe * Reconceptualizing Participatory Action Research for Sustainability Education / Elizabeth Lange * PART II: INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS: CASE STUDIES OF PAR, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL CHANGE * Chara chimwe hachitswanyi inda: Indigenizing Science Education in Zimbabwe / Edward Shizha * Research and Agency: The Case of Rural Women and Land Tenure in Tanzania / Christine Mhina * NGO-Community Partnerships, PAR, and Learning in Mining Struggles in Ghana / Valerie Kwai Pun * Ethnography-in-Motion: Neo-liberalism and the Shack-Dwellers Movement in South Africa / Shannon Walsh * Kabyle Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) in Algeria: Reflections on Research, Amazigh Identity, and Schooling / Taieb Belkacem * Notes and Queries for an Activist Street Anthropology: Street Resistance, Gringopolítica, and the Quest for Subaltern Visions in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil / Samuel Veissiere * A Participatory Research Approach to Exploring Social Movement Learning in the Chilean Women’s Movement / Donna Chovanec & Hector Gonzalez * Participatory Research,NGOs and Grassroots Development:Challenges in Rural Bangladesh / Bijoy Barua * Making Space for Youth: iHuman Youth Society and Arts-Based Participatory Research with Street-Involved Youth in Canada / Diane Conrad & Wallis Kendal

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“This is the book we have been waiting for. PAR historically originated in political struggle; yet over the years there has been a cooptation and an evisceration of the essential notion of what is participatory by the western research establishment. PAR has lost its sharp definition and power has been deleted from the research equation…Every educator interested in social change should read it.”--Phyllis Cunningham, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus and Activist Scholar, Northern Illinois University"This book is a welcome addition to the critical literature on research methodologies. In particular, research that engages those who want to tell their own stories, on their own terms, using the vernacular will be encouraged by this publication. The authors argue that PAR has the potential to generate radical change…One of the several strengths portrayed in this book is the critique in anticipation of those who would corrupt the democratic and communitarian ethos of PAR."--Wally Penetito, Professor of Maori Education, Te Kura Maori and Co-Director of He Parekereke: Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand“This is a must read and a timely text for both students and scholars in the field. Kapoor and Jordan provide a wide array of perspectives on the politics of social change, voice and research, offering critical insights to ‘democratic’ and ‘participatory’ methodologies. This is a significant contribution to the literature, especially as we struggle to (re)define justice across the globe. A perfect and soon to be classic anthology for classroom use!”--Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Connecticut College