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date: 25 July 2024

Participatory Action Researchlocked

Participatory Action Researchlocked

  • Tara M. BrownTara M. BrownSchool of Education, University of Maryland


Participatory action research (PAR) is a methodological approach to social science research in which members of the study population participate as co-researchers, usually in collaboration with university-based researchers. As a form of action research, direct interventions into the problems under study are central to the research process. PAR is aimed at giving local community members control over “official” knowledge produced about their lives and social problems that directly impact them. PAR projects typically focus on socially marginalized groups and how structural and institutional inequalities shape their everyday lives. PAR also has a pedagogical dimension in that local, co-researchers are trained in all aspects of the research process. With a focus on social justice, PAR outcomes include sociopolitical action, individual and community capacity-building, as well as knowledge creation and theory-building.


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