This course will focus on engagement in Participatory Action Research, with the aim of learning to create change within social and cultural spheres. Students will learn the theories and practices of Participatory Action Research, and will apply these theories in order to influence decision making in their chosen environments. Different types of source material will be evaluated and applied in research, and students will learn to develop and refine research questions. (3 credits)
- Enrollment in Charter Oak’s partnership program with College Unbound.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the key features of Participatory Action Research (PAR) and determine how to tailor PAR practices to a particular worksite.
- Apply PAR theories of power and influence to identify key stakeholders for an action research project.
- Implement the theories and practices of Participatory Action Research and other relevant research methods.
- Apply these theories to 'map' how and where decision-making happens in their field.
- Determine a research question that defines the problem or issue and guides the research process for an ongoing project.
- Conduct a preliminary literature review of the concepts comprising the research question.
- Facilitate a discussion among stakeholders evaluating an action research project's implementation and sustainability.
- Apply and properly use the principal research terms in the field, both historical and contemporaneous.
- Develop new research questions in response to findings from field activities, and from examining perspectives and scholarship from the student's major field.
- Select and use multiple information resources in different media and evaluate the relative merits of competing resources.
- Compose an action research project portfolio based on his/her field-based work, integrating feedback from peers and instructor and applying participatory action research theory.
Course Activities and Grading
Readings, Postings and Class Participation
Recorded and Posted Town Hall Meeting
Portfolio of Knowledge Creation
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Stoeker, Randy, “Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach.” SAGE Publications, Inc, 2012. ISBN: 1412994055
(Not availble through bookstore)
- Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine, “Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion”. This publication is located at this link.
- Scientifically Based Research in Education: Epistemology and Ethics by Elizabeth St. Pierre. Adult Education Quarterly 2006
- Michael Edwards Looking back from 2046: Thoughts on the 80th Anniversary of the Institute for Revolutionary Social Science., Keynote Address, 40th anniversary of the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK (www.ids.ac.uk)
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Introduction of Course Themes and Complementary
Connecting Readings to Project Development
Posting resources and reflections from Learning Team to Professor for Feedback
Project Update due to Professor
Debriefs, Common Questions, New Reading/ Resource in Response
Portfolio Update and Peer Feedback
Project Update and Town Hall
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.