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Action Research

The Advantages and Limitations of Practice in Responding to Poor People's Voices Through Microfinance

This case study highlights the importance and limitations of practice on participatory action research. Action research is concerned with action and learning as core themes. In participatory action research, the research community brings in their expertise and participates with the researcher to bring about new knowing while aiming to achieve change. The practitioner researcher has the advantage of basing their research vision on the practice they aim to research on and drawing from those experiences. At the same time, they need to be able to lay aside their value judgments, honed by practice, in order to allow other voices to inform the research. The challenge is maintaining the balance between drawing from those resources and separating themselves from what they know in order to objectively collect and analyze research data. This case study uses data from my 2016 PhD thesis to discuss the research journey with a rural community in Zimbabwe and an urban community in Zambia within the context of providing microfinance loans. The research focus was to listen, learn, and allow the voices of poor people to inform a new approach to lending money for livelihoods support. However, the research lenses were tinted by my experiences as a microfinance practitioner, and this affected and almost deviated the research trajectory. As I recovered from this setback and concluded my research, I learnt the reality of carrying value judgments into the research. This was inevitable, and I needed to have internalized ways of checking the influence of those judgments on the research. Most importantly I learnt the value of taking in all that comes through the research process as outcomes that warrant consideration. I also learnt the value of frequent reference to the methodology protocols as designed at the outset, and consciously accommodate adaptations informed by emerging data.

This case study highlights the importance and limitations of practice on participatory action research. Action research is concerned with action and learning as core themes.

Doing Youth Participatory Action Research

Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students

Doing Youth Participatory Action Research offers an unprecedented, in-depth exploration of the pragmatics and possibilities of youth-driven research. Drawing upon multiple years of experience engaging youth in rigorous, critical inquiry about the conditions impacting their lives, the authors examine how YPAR encourages the educational community to re-imagine the capabilities of young people and the purposes of teaching, learning, and research itself. Much more than a "how-to" guide for those interested in creating their own YPAR projects, this book draws upon the voices of students and educators, as well as the multiple historical traditions of critical research, to describe how youth inquiry transforms each step of the traditional research process. From identifying research questions to collecting data and disseminating findings, each chapter details how YPAR revolutionizes traditional conceptions of who produces knowledge, how it is produced, and for what purposes. The book weaves together research, policy, and practice to offer YPAR as a practice with the power to challenge entrenched social and educational inequalities, empower critically aware youth, and revolutionize pedagogy in classrooms and communities. For researchers, educators, community members, and youth who want to connect, question, and transform the world collectively, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research is a rich source of both pragmatic methodological guidance and inspiration.

Much more than a "how-to" guide for those interested in creating their own YPAR projects, this book draws upon the voices of students and educators, as well as the multiple historical traditions of critical research, to describe how youth ...

International Journal of Action Research

Action Research and New Media Concepts Bob Dick Book Review Greg Hearn,
Jo Tacchi, Marcus Foth, June Lennie (2009): Action Research and New Media:
concepts, methods and cases Hampton Press, Inc., Creskill, NJ., 273 pp., € 23.00
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Action Research

In Defense of the Barrio : Interviews with Ernesto Galarza, Guillermo Flores and Rosalio Muñoz