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Author Chevalier, Jacques M., 1949-

Title Participatory action research : theory and methods for engaged inquiry / Jacques M. Chevalier and Daniel J. Buckles.

Publication Info. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2013.

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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  300.72 C527P    Check Shelf
Description xxi, 469 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book addresses a key issue in higher learning, university education and scientific research: the widespread difficulty researchers, experts and students from all disciplines face when trying to contribute to change in complex social settings characterized by uncertainty and the unknown. More than ever, researchers need flexible means and grounded theory to combine people-based and evidence-based inquiry into challenging situations that keep evolving and do not lend themselves to straightforward technical explanations and solutions. In this book, the authors propose innovative strategies for engaged inquiry building on insights from many disciplines and lessons from the history of Participatory Action Research (PAR), including French psychosociology. The ongoing evolution of PAR has had a lasting legacy in fields ranging from community development to education, public engagement, natural resource management and problem solving in the workplace. All formulations have in common the idea that research must be done 'with' people and not 'on' or 'for' people. Inquiry of this kind makes sense of the world through efforts to transform it, as opposed to simply observing and studying human behaviour and people's views about reality, in the hope that meaningful change will happen somewhere down the road. The book contributes many new tools and conceptual foundations to this longstanding tradition, grounded in real-life examples of collective fact-finding, analysis and decision-making from around the world. It provides a modular textbook on participatory action research and related methods, theory and practice, suitable for a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as working professionals."--Publisher's website.
Contents Introduction: Engaging with Participatory Action Research -- Action Research History -- Society, Experience, Knowledge -- Module One: Grounding and Uncertainty. Creating an Action Learning System ; Managing Complexity ; Mapping the Process ; Walking the Talk. -- Module Two: Fact Finding and Listening. Reinventions of the Wheel ; Seeking Evidence and Consensus. -- Module Three: Exploring Problems. Getting to the Root ; Factors and Reasons. -- Module 4: Knowing the Actors. Stakeholder Identification ; Stakeholder Analysis ; Positions and Values. -- Module Five: Assessing Options. Blue Sky Thinking ; Into the Future. -- Module Six: Understanding Systems. Contributing to Change ; System Dynamics ; Domain Analysis ; Breaking the Dependency on Tobacco Production. -- Conclusion: Rethinking Higher Education and the Discovery Process.
Subject Action research.
Participant observation.
Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology.
Action research. (OCoLC)fst00796229
Participant observation. (OCoLC)fst01054032
Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst01122961
Observation participante.
Sciences sociales -- Recherche -- MĂ©thodologie.
Samhällsvetenskaplig forskning -- metodik.
Aktionsforskning.
Deltagande observation.
Added Author Buckles, Daniel, 1955-
ISBN 9780415540315 (hbk.)
0415540313 (hbk.)
9780415540322 (paperback)
0415540321 (paperback)
9780203107386 (ebook)
0203107381 (ebook)
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