Mission Impossible: Doing PR as a Doctoral Student?

Participatory research methods may be becoming more acceptable within Universities but its openly ideological approach and challenge to conventional science may lead some to conclude that it is an approach only for those academics who have tenure or have found other forms of immunity.  Patricia Maguire*, however, shows that it can be done as a doctoral student – albeit with some particular challenges!

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What is Participatory Action Research?

According to Yoland Wadsworth*, who tackles this question head on, Participatory Action Research (PAR) is not a specialist technique but a form of social research that is “conscious of its underlying assumptions, and collectivist nature, its action consequences and its driving values”. Continue reading