11.237 Practice of Participatory Action Research (PAR)


Class Info

Introduces the techniques of participatory action research (PAR) and the practice of case study research. Presents competing ideas about context-independent vs. context-dependent knowledge, arguments for and against generating theory on the basis of a single case, and problems of verification in PAR (i.e., disconfirming the researchers preconceptions). Focuses on actual cases in which PAR-like methods have been used with greater or lesser success. Integrates interactions with representatives of communities, organizations, and individuals who have been the focus of PAR. Analyzes techniques for co-designing and co-conducting all aspects of applied social research.

This class has 11.236 as a prerequisite.

11.237 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by A. Coffey, D. Cunningham and K. Kaeufer.

Lecture occurs 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursdays in 9-450A.

This class counts for a total of 6 credits.

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