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Suzana S

Participatory Research Methods: A Methodological Approach in Motion | Bergold | Forum Q... - 0 views

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    Jarg Bergold & Stefan Thomas

    Abstract: This article serves as an introduction to the FQS special issue "Participatory Qualitative Research." In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in participatory research strategies. The articles in this special issue come from different disciplines. Against the background of concrete empirical research projects, they address numerous conceptual considerations and methodological approaches. After reading the contributions, and engaging with the authors' arguments, we were prompted to focus in particular on those areas in which further work needs to be done. They include, on the one hand, fundamental principles of participatory research, such as democratic-theory considerations, the concept of "safe space," participation issues, and ethical questions. And, on the other hand, we focus on practical research considerations regarding the role and tasks of the various participants; specific methodological approaches; and quality criteria-understood here in the sense of arguments justifying a participatory approach. Our aim is to stimulate a broad discussion that does not focus only on participatory research in the narrower sense. Because participatory methodology poses certain knowledge- and research-related questions in a radical way, it has the potential to draw attention to hitherto neglected areas in qualitative methodology and to stimulate their further development.

    Key words: academic requirements; ethical norms; focus group; degrees of participation; quality criteria; interview; marginalization; participatory research methods; reflexivity; subjectivity; safe space
Suzana S

Action research by Eileen Ferrance - 0 views

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    Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University
Suzana S

Pragmatic Action Research/Greenwood - 1 views

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    International Journal of Action Research, 2007, vol. 3, issue 1+2, pages 131 - 148
    "AR is not just one more social science "method"; it is a fundamentally different way of conducting research and social change work together. Participation in AR is not just a moral value but essential to successful AR because the complexities of the problems addressed require the knowledge and experience of a broad and diverse array of stakeholders. I argue that there is no one ideal form of AR and that what is useful is situationally dependent which is also why AR cannot respect or operate within the disciplinary boundaries or departmental structures of academic. For these reasons, Morten Levin and I prefer to call our work "pragmatic AR". To complete the paper, I present two cases, one from industry and one from community development, to show how I practice pragmatic AR in context."
Suzana S

School Library Media Activities Monthly - Action Research - 0 views

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    5 myths of action research
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Action-Research application in Evidence-Based practice for libraries - 3 views

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    Abstract
    Evidence Based Librarianship (EBL) seeks for and promotes the improvement of the librarian practice through the use of the best available evidence. Strongly used in medical contexts, Evidence Based Practice can be an important tool for the development of LIS, if practice is carefully thought and wisely combined with research and theoretical reflection. In order to achieve a state of equilibrium between theories and empirical studies, a qualitative method -action research- may be applied, as a dialogue between abstract ideas and the facts and signs provided by concrete experiences.
    Through action research, librarians can collect the evidence -using a series of qualitative tools- and use it for building theoretical knowledge in order to improve their work and their profession. From this viewpoint, after putting something into practice they will be able to know whether it worked as expected or not, make any change if it is necessary, and test the whole process again, searching more and new evidence. The method becomes a progressive helix that leads librarians to continuously evaluate their activities and services and improve them according of their final users' needs.
    Fitting these ideas in the general context of "Library 2.0" new LIS model and in the particular situation of Social Sciences libraries, the conference briefly introduces some basic ideas on how action research should be employed for collecting and using evidence in LIS.
Suzana S

Choice&quality in action research practice - 1 views

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    Abstract
    This article explores the nature of quality in action research practice. The origins and purposes of action research and its relation to social science methodology are reviewed. Action research is described in terms of four characteristic dimensions-worthwhile practical purposes, democracy and participation, many ways of knowing, and emergent
    developmental form-that present a broad range of criteria beyond those of the empirical research paradigm against which quality research might be judged. Recent debates concerning validity and quality in qualitative research are explored. It is argued that action research is characteristically full of choices, and the argument is made that quality in
    inquiry comes from awareness of and transparency about the choices available at each stage of the inquiry.
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Action research resources - 0 views

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    Site at Southern Cross University
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