Participatory Action Learning and Action Research offers a concise yet comprehensive explanation of the theory, practice and process of this emerging paradigm, methodology and theory of learning. PALAR is a transformative, collaborative and democratic process for resolving complex problems within the context of sustainable professional, organisational and community development. The book draws on real-life examples from socially and economically challenged contexts, and features critical reflections on the strengths and challenges of this evolving methodology in relation to the increased interest in community engagement and project-based learning among institutions of higher education. Analysing theory in the context of sustainable professional, organisational and community development, this book:
- Provides a comprehensive, research-based manual on the use of PALAR within actual research projects.
- Explains a means of engaging in research that promotes the mobilisation of human potential relevant in a rapidly changing society.
- Addresses the challenges of doing participatory research within institutions.
- Provides applied, specific examples of how PALAR can be adapted for use in socially and economically challenged contexts, typical of developing economies.
- Offers critical reflections by researchers and community participants on the challenges and uses of PALAR.
Innovative, and offering clarity on ethics and research questions, Participatory Action Learning and Action Research will be of interest to both emerging and experienced researchers looking to bring about change at a personal, professional, organisational or community level.
Table of Contents
About the author; About this book; Acknowledgements; Foreword; List of figures; List of tables; List of abbreviations; List of appendices and boxes; 1. PALAR as a transformative, collaborative and democratic approach to educational research; PART I – theoretical foundations of PALAR; 2. Philosophical principles of PALAR; 3. Theoretical frameworks suited to PALAR; PART II – practice and process of PALAR; 4. The action learning group; 5. Ethical considerations within a PALAR project; 6. Research design; 7. Quality criteria for PALAR projects; 8. Writing for publication of PALAR projects; PART III – reflecting on PALAR; 9. The challenges of conducting a PALAR project; 10. Consolidating PALAR as a transformative, collaborative and democratic approach to educational research; Author index; Subject index
Lesley Wood is a Professor and Director of Community-Based Educational Research in the Faculty of Education, North West University, South Africa.