Participatory Action Research

Paperback | February 17, 2015

byHal A. Lawson, James Caringi, Loretta Pyles

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As novel, complex social problems increase, especially those involving vulnerable people who reside in challenging places, the limitations of conventional research methods implemented by just one or two investigators become apparent. Research and development alternatives are needed,particularly methods that engage teams of researchers in real world problem solving while simultaneously generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge. Research methods that effectively tap the expertise of everyday people, especially those impacted by these targeted social problems, are aspecial priority because academic researchers often lack experiential knowledge that stems from direct, everyday encounters with these vexing problems.Participatory action research (PAR) responds to these manifest needs. It provides a methodological structure and operational guidelines for preparing and deploying people from various walks of life as co-researchers, and it provides a proven strategy for generating practice- and policy-relevantknowledge as problem-solving in real world contexts proceeds.

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As novel, complex social problems increase, especially those involving vulnerable people who reside in challenging places, the limitations of conventional research methods implemented by just one or two investigators become apparent. Research and development alternatives are needed,particularly methods that engage teams of researchers ...

Hal A. Lawson, PhD, is a Professor of Social Welfare and Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. James Caringi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Montana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.79 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190204389

ISBN - 13:9780190204389

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing Action Research and Participatory Action Research2. Action Research Cycles with Reflection, Knowledge Generation, and Action Learning While Problem-solving3. The Social Work of Participatory Action Research with Adaptive Problems and Wicked Ones4. Participatory Action Research for an Adaptive Problem: Design Teams to Address Undesirable Workforce Turnover in Public Child Welfare Systems5. An Adaptive-Wicked Problem Affecting Preschool Children and Their Families: Addressing Childhood Obesity and Related Health Disparities with Community-based Participatory Research6. The Critical-Emancipatory Traditions of Participatory Action Research: Post-disaster Work on Wicked Problems7. Looking Ahead with Key Lessons Learned for Social Work's Action Researchers

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"This book is a timely text from research to macro-practice classes, as well as the change agent's indispensable tool in the field. A brilliant and accessible combination of theory with a practitioner's eye to how things really work 'on the ground' in organizations and systems. It will neverbe far from my reach." --Carenlee Barkdull, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work, University of North Dakota