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Participatory Action Research: Book by Hal A. Lawson

Participatory Action Research

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ISBN: 9780190204389    Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 224        Language: English
As novel, complex social problems increase, especially those involving vulnerable people who reside in challenging places, the limitations of conventional research methods implemented by just one or two investigators...Read more
As novel, complex social problems increase, especially those involving vulnerable people who reside in challenging places, the limitations of conventional research methods implemented by just one or two investigators become apparent. Research and development alternatives are needed, particularly methods that engage teams of researchers in real world problem solving while simultaneously generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge. Research methods that effectively tap the expertise of everyday people, especially those impacted by these targeted social problems, are a special priority because academic researchers often lack experiential knowledge that stems from direct, everyday encounters with these vexing problems. Participatory action research (PAR) responds to these manifest needs. It provides a methodological structure and operational guidelines for preparing and deploying people from various walks of life as co-researchers, and it provides a proven strategy for generating practice- and policy-relevant knowledge as problem-solving in real world contexts proceeds.
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About the author: Hal A. Lawson
Hal A. Lawson, PhD, is Professor of Social Welfare and Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany, State University... Read more
Hal A. Lawson, PhD, is Professor of Social Welfare and Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York.James Caringi, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Montana.
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A very helpful pocket guide! The authors articulate the key principles and phases of PAR in a compelling way. The real-world examples of how researchers, practitioners, and community members have...Read more
A very helpful pocket guide! The authors articulate the key principles and phases of PAR in a compelling way. The real-world examples of how researchers, practitioners, and community members have used PAR showcase the value of this unique methodology in social work research. I highly recommend this guide to those interested in using PAR to understand and problem-solve complex social issues. Dawn Anderson-Butcher, PhD., LISW-S; Professor, The Ohio State University This is an excellent theoretical and practical text on participatory research and a valuable resource for any researcher or student interested in conducting this type of research. This is an excellent addition to any library. Charles Auerbach, Ph.D, Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work This book is a timely text from research to macro-practice classes, as well as the change agent's indispensable tool in the field. A brilliant and accessible combination of theory with a practitioner's eye to how things really work 'on the ground' in organizations and systems. It will never be far from my reach. Carenlee Barkdull, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work, University of North Dakota
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