CONNECTING THE STRENGTH OF THE RESEARCH TO THE STRENGTH OF THE TEAM PARTNERSHIP

Morgan Gardner, Ann McCann, Elizabeth Young, Allie Young, Linda Brown, Carol Myles

Abstract


This paper explores how a youth-adult team’s partnership shaped their participatory action research (PAR) on youth engagement in educational change. Findings revealed that their experiences of partnership shaped their research by: 1) enhancing their relations with participants; 2) improving their capacity to navigate research complexities; 3) expanding and deepening their reflection and analysis; and 4) strengthening their research commitment. These results demonstrate the potential interconnectedness between a team’s experience of partnership and the strength of the research. In doing so, constructions of youth-adult PAR become more deeply positioned within a participatory paradigm because the quality of team relations can become as important as the research itself.

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