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Investigating educational issues across Europe (ACROSS Base)
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Method Participatory research (BALANCING COMPETENCIES)
Description "In this project, we began with clear values about undertaking a ‘research with’, not a research on’ approach. This helped us to persuade a wide range of professionals, programme developers, policy makers, and young adults to participate as co –inquirers in this project. Our intention was to get well beyond surface understandings of the complexities that they were managing on the ground. We believed that these deeper insights are fundamental to making a difference to young adults’ experiences of Education, Training and Guidance interventions. Focus groups, diverse consultation processes, individual and group interviews, participant observation, conversational inquiry, video and various other forms of participative and qualitative research approaches, all sought to build relationships and commitment to learning jointly from sustained and reflective co-inquiry. Interpretations of outcomes at different stages in the research were fed back to participants, and further worked with, as the basis for deepening inquiry, enabling all to be both challenged and to learn, and for more multi textured insights to emerge." (Wildemeersch et al., 2000, p. 1f.)

"Participatory research is not just about improved research methods. It is also about achieving democratic participation and social justice for […] young people. By influencing what is researched and how their lives are represented, they participate in institutional decision making processes. The more young people become actively engaged in research, the more they personally gain, and the more they may expect – and demand – that changes come out of the findings." (Kirby, P. 1999. Involving young researchers: how to enable young people to design and conduct research. Joseph Rountree Foundation. York. – quoted by Wildemeersch et al., 2000, p. 3)

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