FEELING LIKE RESEARCH PARTNERS AS A YOUTH-ADULT TEAM

  • Morgan Gardner Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Linda Brown Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Elizabeth Young Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Allie Young Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Ann McCann Murphy Centre
  • Carol Myles Murphy Centre

Abstract

Participatory action research (PAR) lacks concerted attention to what makes youth-adult teams feel like genuine partners. This paper explores our youth-adult PAR team’s experience of what made us feel like partners during our five-year study of youth voice in educational change. Our findings reveal that we felt like research partners when our partnership was rooted in 1) real relationship; 2) shared power, responsibility and passion; 3) a culture of flexibility, creativity and unfolding; and 4) transformation. By conceptualizing partnership in a manner that incorporates both youth and adult felt experiences and shared understandings, notions of youth-adult partnership become more inclusive. These findings (re)orient current emphases placed on the partnering benefits to youth, research and social change.
Published
2016-12-21
How to Cite
GARDNER, Morgan et al. FEELING LIKE RESEARCH PARTNERS AS A YOUTH-ADULT TEAM. The Canadian Journal of Action Research, [S.l.], v. 17, n. 3, p. 20-38, dec. 2016. ISSN 1925-7147. Available at: <http://jtest.nipissingu.ca/index.php/cjar/article/view/289>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2017.
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Articles