Justice, Equality, and Inclusion

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Justice, Equality, and Inclusion

In this special issue of Action Research, we explore issues related to justice, equity, and inclusion around the world. From focusing on how to include a more diverse base of students in STEM programs to enhancing community transformation in order to contribute to the United Nations Goal #17, i.e., to revitalize global partnerships, ART is shown successfully to investigate how transformation, not just description of problems, happens.

Articles

Upscaling community transformation
This themed issue offers seven examples of upscaling community transformation, a rich opportunity for action research (AR) to contribute to[...]
Practicing youth participatory action research for school equity: A pedagogical model
The application of emancipatory pedagogical methods such as youth participatory action research may serve as a valuable practice for addressing[...]
Toward equity: Power, cultural hegemony, and organizations
Behind Action Research for Transformations (ART) and the Action Research Journal’s seven quality choice points nestle both a plea and[...]
School-community partnership Lesley Wood & Mary McAteer
Despite the end of Apartheid in South Africa in 1990, and the formation of a democratic government in 1984, the[...]
Terah J. Stewart shows research does not have to be impersonal
In ARJ article "I don't feel studied"  - now open without pay wall  - action researcher Terah J. Stewart shows[...]
Action Beyond Division By Joseph Martin Stevenson
AR+ friend Joseph Martin Stevenson of Madison, Mississippi finds that when it comes to race, most people do not know[...]
Jewish-Arab/Palestinian dialogue. Yael Skorkowich et al.
In designing the dialogue program, the leaders (faculty and students) considered one main dilemma:  Should the dialogue openly grapple with[...]
Transforming knowledge systems for life on Earth: From producing knowledge about our world to generating wisdom about how to act within it
Many of us work in knowledge systems, including universities, research institutes or educational organizations. We shape and reshape them on[...]
Making Public Deliberations Inclusive with Mixed Methods AR
What if all public deliberations became: Inclusive of diverse people, representing different walks of life; Egalitarian spaces for fair, reasoned, discussion, with time for participants to listen to diverse views, develop and weigh options, to prioritise ways forward; Influential in the city’s public decision-making!
Six STEM Faculty and an Action Researcher Decide to Collaborate…
A blog post by Catherine Barber If you thought the title of this blog was the opening line of a[...]
Co-creating participation tools with children within child protection services: What lessons we can learn from the children
Abstract provided on behalf of the authors: Ganna G van Bijleveld, Marjonneke de Vetten, Christine WM Dedding Nowadays, the question no longer[...]
Practicing YPAR for School Equity
Blog post by Quin Gonell Given my prior experience as high school teacher engaging with culturally sustaining and emancipatory pedagogies,[...]
“Boots on the ground” state-building: Using Action Research to improve local governance in Afghanistan
Blog post by Rich Ledet In Boots on the Ground State-Building: Using Action Research to Improve Local Governance in Afghanistan,”[...]
Lessons from a community-based participatory research study with transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their families
Gender non conforming youth ARJ paper Community-based participatory research (CBPR) involves community members collaborating with academic investigators in each step[...]
Teacher Participatory Action Research (TPAR): Politicizing Teacher Research
Blog post by Sarah R Stapleton Teacher Participatory Action Research (TPAR): Politicizing Teacher Research These are difficult times for teachers,[...]
Addressing inequity through youth participatory action research: Toward a critically hopeful approach to more equitable schools
Abstract provided on behalf of the authors: Nicole Mittenfelner Carl and Sharon M Ravitch In this paper, we explore how youth participatory[...]
Addressing race, racism, and commercial sexual exploitation in practice through an action-based research partnership
Abstract provided on behalf of the authors: Lara B Gerassi, Amanda Colegrove, and Deanna Kopriva McPherson This paper analyzes the participatory research[...]
Renegotiating Roles in Local Governments: Facing Resistances to Citizen Participation in Chile
Engaging an action research project with public officers of Santiago Municipality in Chile was a revealing, difficult and transformative experience.[...]
This is our home: Initiating participatory action housing research with refugee and immigrant communities in a time of unwelcome
Community Voices for Housing Equality is a participatory action research group made up of community leaders and social workers whose[...]
Communicative space and working locally: A report of a participatory action research project in a remote rural school in Bangladesh
If you do care about bringing change in rural secondary education in Bangladesh and are interested in action research, you[...]
From power struggle to benevolent authority and empathic limit setting:  Creating inclusive school practice with excluded students through action research
Empathic limit setting" is an effective innovative “relational" alternative to punishment with the toughest kids - developed with and by[...]
Participatory Action with Refugees with Disabilities
Standard approaches to qualitative research often exclude persons with different types of disabilities. In 2013 and 2014, the Women’s Refugee[...]
Confronting espoused theories with theories-in-use: Challenges of participatory action research with marginalized communities in contributing to social change and theory building
How to counteract hundreds of years of ethnic stigmatization and exclusion that lead to marginalization and segregation for many? How[...]
Inmates vs. The Guards
Blog post by Justin Chacon “Researching prisoner experiences with prison officers: An action research-inspired approach” (Drake, 2014) is an interesting article[...]
Patients Jointly Developing their Own Agenda
Working on an equal footing with patients or people with disabilities. Who would oppose to that? Many doctors and healthcare[...]
Participation in co-design: In search of a recipe for improved cookstoves in urban Indian slums
In 2015 we set to explore methods of breaking down the conventional dichotomies of ‘givers’ and ‘receivers’, ‘developers’ and ‘underdeveloped’,[...]
Teacher Participatory Action Research (TPAR): Politicizing Teacher Research
These are difficult times for teachers, particularly those in urban and/or low-income schools. Unfortunately, we seldom hear directly from them[...]
Children Without A Voice
A blog inspired by The voices of youth in foster care: A participant action research study.; Ponciano, Leslie DEC 2013 Vol.11, Issue[...]
The Complex Puzzle Game: Systemic Action Research
A blog inspired by Burns, D. (2014). Systemic action research: Changing system dynamics to support sustainable change. Action Research, 12(1), 3-18.[...]
Action Research – Building Momentum for Continuous Action
A blog inspired by: Social impact and the justification of action research knowledge, Bjorn Gustavsen (2014) Similar to Newton’s Cradle, Action Research[...]
Human Reflections of a Maximum Security Prison
A blog inspired by: Researching prisoner experiences with prison officers: An action research inspired approach. Deborah H Drake, I have been[...]
Taking the road less taken: reorienting the state for periurban water security
In this paper, we describe an action research approach to improve the accountability of drinking water service providers to the[...]
How do we work with power, silence and inclusion in our schools?
As educational practitioners, how do we work with power, silence and inclusion in our schools? I work as a psychologist[...]
Students as co-researchers to inform student learning: Findings from a poverty simulation
Simulations, like the one described here on poverty, offer rich learning opportunities that are embodied and complex.   Here we have[...]
Participatory action research with ex-prisoners: Using Photovoice and one woman’s story told through poetry
This paper focusses on the story of Deer (not her real name), a participant in my Photovoice project with 12[...]
Community intervention in urban areas: a youth driven initiative (CIUA)
Young people have something to say about degraded urban areas. They in fact have innovative ideas that can be applied[...]
Participatory action research in a rural Yucatec Maya community
Different initiatives have promoted the use of improved cook stoves around the world. Their goal has been to eradicate cooking[...]
Work-integrated learning and health literacy as catalysts for Roma empowerment and social inclusion: A participatory action research
Roma people all over the world have often been subject to prejudice, stigma, discrimination and oppression. Many Roma have little[...]
Taking action on land
If there’s one thing we are both passionate about, it’s land. Not that we want it ourselves. Rather, as scholar-activists,[...]
Around the table with policymakers: Giving voice to children in contexts of poverty and deprivation
Increasingly, children are seen as social actors who are knowledgeable about issues that concern their lives, both in research and[...]
Weaving Community-University Research and Action Partnerships for environmental justice
This article is a case study of one Community-University Research and Action Partnership (CURAP) focused on soil lead, urban gardening,[...]
Inmates vs. The Guards
“Researching prisoner experiences with prison officers: An action research-inspired approach” (Drake, 2014) is an interesting article about prisoners and prison[...]
Human Reflections of a Maximum Security Prison
A blog inspired by: Researching prisoner experiences with prison officers: An action research inspired approach. Deborah H Drake, I have[...]
Children Without A Voice
A blog inspired by The voices of youth in foster care: A participant action research study.; Ponciano, Leslie DEC 2013[...]
Easing stress in residential care with older people
Having a troubled conscience is stressful. This kind of stress seriously influences care providers ability to offer good care. So it's important to[...]
Program Evaluation in an Aquatic Agricultural System
Many rural poor and marginalized people strive to make a living in social-ecological systems that are characterized by multiple and[...]
Collaborating for community food security: Emerging scholar participation in a community–university partnershipAction
Abstract on behalf of Erin Nelson and Warren Dodd In recent years, there has been rapid growth in community–university partnerships.[...]
Involving incarcerated individuals in the research process: Perspectives of key stakeholders
Abstract on behalf of Mark E Johnson, Christiane Brems, Michael E Mills, and Gloria D Eldridge Given the considerable potential[...]
Knowledge-making on ‘ageing in a smart city’ as socio-material power dynamics of participatory action research
Abstract on behalf of Tiina Suopajärvi This article investigates participatory action research workshops from the perspective of feminist new materialism[...]
Reflections of a community-based participatory researcher from the intersection of disability advocacy, engineering, and the academy
Abstract on behalf of Dora M Raymaker This article uses an evocative autoethnographic approach to explore the experience of being[...]
Poverty knowledge and action research: Lessons from the Ramanagaram Financial Diaries
Abstract on behalf of Rajalaxmi Kamath and Smita Ramanathan This piece is an attempt to synthesize our learnings about poverty and[...]
Research translation through participatory research: The case of two community-based projects in low-income African settings
blogpost written by Deborah Isobell Imagine the amount of funding that research projects receive every year. Not just nationally, but[...]
The Karen Resettlement Story: A Participatory Action Research Project on Refugee Educational Experiences in the United States
Blog post written by Eunbae Lee for the article by Daniel Gilhooly and Eunbae Lee No topic today garners more[...]
Working together for a meaningful daily life for older persons: A participatory and appreciative action and reflection project—The lessons we learned
Blog post by Inger James  An aging population with elderly persons suffering from multiple diseases together with accelerating medico-technical developments[...]
Building knowledge democracy from the university: a case study in Spain
blog post by Emilio Lucio-Villegas The main aim of this article is to describe a singular experience in the University[...]
The challenges of innovation for sustainable agriculture and rural development: integrating local actions into European policies with the Reflective Learning Methodology
Blog post by Heidrun Moschitz Innovation is no longer the linear transfer of new ideas and technology from science via education[...]
Social impact and the justification of action research knowledge
Blog post by Bjørn Gustavsen, Work Research Institute, Norway Research is under the obligation to produce knowledge that can be[...]
Local Knowledge Systems and Hazard Forecasting
by Sunil D Santha, P Gahana, and VS Aswin "The manuscript is important because it contains indigenous insights of fisherfolk in Kerala.[...]
Caring About Older Prisoners
The older prisoner population in England and Wales is increasing as the criminal justice system prosecutes for crimes committed many[...]
Our Photovoice journey: An act of exhausting bravery
Our paper brings you more than just “lessons learned,” instead, we show you how fears are deeply embedded in the[...]
Living well with dementia
Diagnosed with dementia (probable Alzheimer’s) in her early 80s, I first met Ana when she was 84 years of age.[...]
Action Research with Youth in Foster Care
I have never really considered myself to be part of the foster care “system”. Of course, I am invested in[...]