Participatory Action Research (PAR) introduces a method that is ideal for researchers who are committed to co-developing research programs with people rather than for people. The book provides a history of this technique, its various strands, and the underlying tenets that guide most projects. It then draws on two PAR projects that highlight three integral dimensions: the meaning of participation; the way action manifests itself; and the strategies for gathering, analyzing, and disseminating information.

Author Alice McIntyre describes the various ways in which PAR is carried out depending on, for example, the issue under investigation, the site of the project, the project participants, people's access to resources, and other related issues.

Intended Audience: This resource is an ideal supplement for graduate courses PAR, qualitative research, and various types of action-based research.

Concluding Reflections

Concluding Reflections

PAR is a philosophy of life as much as a method, a sentiment as much as a conviction.

(Fals-Borda, 1997, p. 111)

In this chapter, I review a number of factors that were threaded throughout both PAR projects. First, I discuss how participants and researchers assess the “success” and/or “failure” of a PAR project. I argue that participants and ...

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