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Learning to do Action Research for Social Change

Author: Pettit, J. (University of Sussex)
Publication date: 2010, In: International Journal of Communication, 4, Pp. 820-827

Action research provides an alternative approach to bringing about changes in knowledge, policy, and practice. But to be effective and inclusive, taking into account complex dynamics of power and participation, action research requires capable facilitators with particular skills.

This article explores the challenges of learning to do this kind of action research that are faced by practitioners and activists working for social change in diverse contexts around the world. The article reviews these challenges, offering insights and lessons from an innovative new master’s degree program called the MA in Participation, Power and Social Change, which uses action research and reflective practice as the basis of its approach to learning.