Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Doing Youth Participatory Action Research

Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students, 1st Edition

By Nicole Mirra, Antero Garcia, Ernest Morrell


200 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Theoretical and Epistemological Foundations of YPAR

Interlude: Discussing the Council’s Origins

Chapter 3: The Pedagogy of Relationships as the Core of YPAR

Interlude: Brokering Relationships in the Council

Chapter 4: Asking Research Questions

Interlude: Reflecting on the Council’s Pedagogy

Chapter 5: Making Methodological Choices

Interlude: Transforming Practice and Identity in the Council

Chapter 6: Becoming Researchers through Data Collection and Analysis

Interlude: Changing Young Lives in the Council

Chapter 7: Producing and Sharing Research

Interlude: Demanding Change in the Council

Chapter 8: YPAR in the Academy

Chapter 9: Conclusion

Appendix A: In Their Own Words: Students Explain the Council of Youth Research

Appendix B: 2010 Summer Seminar Reading List

Appendix C: 2010 Summer Seminar Survey Results

Appendix D: Symposium Proposal Submitted to the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association

Appendix E: Scholarly Publications Authored by Adults Members of the Council about YPAR



About the Authors

Nicole Mirra is an Assistant Professor of English Education at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.

Antero Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University, USA.

Ernest Morrell is Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA and 2015 National Council of Teachers of English President.

About the Series

Language, Culture, and Teaching Series

This series of texts for undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher education courses focuses on the intersections of language, culture, and teaching – specifically on how language and culture inform classroom practice. Books in the series are intended as primary or supplementary texts in the growing range of courses that address issues such as, but not limited to, foundations of multicultural education; multicultural children’s literature; teaching diverse populations; foundations of bilingual education; teaching English as a second language; and sociocultural issues in teaching.

The primary objectives of the series are to challenge traditional biases about diversity and about students of diverse languages and cultures, and to reframe the conventional idea of the textbook by envisioning classroom practice as critical, creative, and liberatory.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Research