Exploring and implementing participatory action research

Maggi Savin-Baden, Katherine Wimpenny

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    This paper explores the research method of participatory action research, first by examining the roots of this approach and then analysing the shift to using more participatory approaches than in former years. It begins by considering the reasoning and theoretical underpinning for adopting this approach and provides an overview of the steps to be undertaken when implementing participatory action research. The latter section of the paper presents an example and suggests how participatory action research might have been used instead for a study that utilized open-ended questionnaires undertaken in geography. Finally, tips on how to use it are proposed along with a consideration of the challenges and opportunities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)331-343
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
    Issue number2
    Early online date25 Apr 2007
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Action research
    • PARonline
    • Participation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Education


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