The Theory of Participatory Action Research (PAR)

Introduction to the theory of action research and more generally to competing ideas about the uses of social research to promote social change.  Focus will be on the epistemological foundations for action research, knowledge generation in action research, the role of the “friendly outsider,” action science and organizational learning, participatory evaluation and arguments for and against phronetic social science.  Students will be expect to complete a careful analysis of actual PAR cases.

6 week module, begins the 1st week of classes