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Revolutionizing Education

Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion, 1st Edition

Edited by Julio Cammarota, Michelle Fine


248 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Many scholars have turned to the groundbreaking critical research methodology, Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR), as a way to address both the political challenges and inherent power imbalances of conducting research with young people. Revolutionizing Education makes an extraordinarily unique contribution to the literature on adolescents by offering a broad framework for understanding this research methodology. With an informative combination of theory and practice, this edited collection brings together student writings alongside those of major scholars in the field. While remaining sensitive to the methodological challenges of qualitative inquiry, Revolutionizing Education is the first definitive statement of YPAR as it relates to sites of education.


"In Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion, editors Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine offer a compelling and complex vision of urban youth engaged in social justice research and action. In chapters that interweave theory, research, description, images, case study, narrative and reflection, readers are invited into the world of participatory action research (PAR), and specifically youth PAR (YPAR)." -- Paula Echeverri and Kathy Hytten, Educational Researcher, Vol. 37, No. 8, November 2008

Table of Contents

1. Intro: Participatory Action Research: A Pedagogy for Transformational Resistance Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine 2. Collective Radical Imagination: Youth Participatory Action Research and the Art of Emancipatory Knowledge Shawn Ginwright 3. Participatory Action Research in the Contact Zone María Elena Torre and Michelle Fine with Natasha Alexander, Amir Bilal Billups, Yasmine Blanding, Emily Genao, Elinor Marboe, Tahani Salah, and Kendra Urdang. Response to Chapter 3 Maxine Greene 4. PAR Praxes for Now and Future Change: The Collective of Researchers on Educational Disappointment and Desire Eve Tuck, Jovanne Allen, Maria Bacha, Alexis Morales, Sarah Quinter, Jamila Thompson, Melody Tuck. Response to Chapter 4 Sandy Grande 5. Different Eyes/Open Eyes: Community-Based Participatory Action Research Caitlin Cahill, Indra Rios-Moore, and Tiffany Threatts. Response to Chapter 5 Pauline Lipman 6. 'The Opportunity if Not the Right to See': The Social Justice Education Project Augustine Romero, Julio Cammarota, Kim Dominguez, Luis Valdez, Grecia Ramirez, and Liz Hernandez. Response to Chapter 6 Luis C. Moll 7. Six Summers of YPAR: Learning, Action, and Change in Urban Education Ernest Morrell. Response to Chapter 7 John Rogers 8. Faith in Process, Faith in People: Confronting Policies of Social Disinvestment With PAR as Pedagogy for Expansion Chiara M. Cannella 9. An Epilogue, of Sorts Michelle Fine

About the Series

Critical Youth Studies

Set against the massive social, cultural, and material dislocations of the new century, Critical Youth Studies interrogates the complex cultural dimensions of young people’s everyday lives today. Drawing together the work of both well known and emerging scholars, this series focuses on "youth studies" as a self-constituting, trans-disciplinary area of inquiry. Operating largely at the specific intersection of education, sociology, and media studies, Critical Youth Studies features authored and edited books, drawing on a range of methods and approaches, treating the span of issues most relevant to youth today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General