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EDUC8018 Participatory and Emancipatory Research

Module Overview

Participatory and emancipatory research concerns the importance of voice and engagement with issues of power in different settings exploring the differences between ‘speaking for’ and ‘speaking with’ research participants.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to: enhance students’ understanding about the importance of voice and engagement with issues of power in different settings; explore the epistemological questions which must be considered when researching in emancipatory ways; develop students’ ability to look critically at research paradigms and the ways in which data is generated and analysed without excluding those from whom and with whom data is collected; enhance students’ awareness of the strengths and limitations of participatory research; increase students’ self-awareness and their assumptions which may impact on their research; explore the differences between ‘speaking for’ and ‘speaking with’ research participants.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of voice and engagement with issues of power in different settings
  • Look at innovative methods reported in research
  • Consider procedures used for analysing data which looks at voice
  • Critically interpret the meaning of representation of participants’ perspectives.
  • Explore the epistemological questions which must be considered when researching in emancipatory ways
  • Look critically at research paradigms and the ways in which data is generated and analysed without excluding those from whom and with whom data is collected
  • Enhance students’ awareness of the strengths and limitations of participatory research
  • Increase students’ self-awareness and their assumptions which may impact on their research
  • Explore the differences between ‘speaking for’ and ‘speaking with’ research participants
  • Understand how participatory and emancipatory research is different from other kinds of research
  • Think critically about the role of the researcher in participatory research and how the researcher relates to the researched
  • Critically evaluate research studies that have used participatory and emancipatory research

Syllabus

• problematize issues of power and voice • look at research design which puts participatory methods at the centre • explore empowerment which takes place in the process of fieldwork and writing • locate different research populations which are under-represented • critique ways of recording participants’ experiences and representing their interests including advocacy

Special Features

Guest external speakers who have used participatory and emancipatory approaches in their own research.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will be taught through lectures, role play, student presentations and group discussions

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Armstrong, C.A. Armstrong, D. and Spandagou, I. (2010). Inclusive Education: International Policy and Practice. 

Walmsley, J.and Johnson, K. (2003). Inclusive Research with People with Learning Disabilities: past, present and future. 

Allan, J. (2008). Rethinking Inclusive Education: the philosophers of difference in practice. 

Willis, P. (1977). Learning to Labour? How working class kids get working class jobs. 

Griffiths, M. (2008). Action for Social Justice in Education. 

Nind, M. (2011). Participatory data analysis: a step too far?. Qualitative Research. ,11 , pp. 349-363.

Gillborn, D and Youdell, B (1999). Rationing Education. 

Nussbaum., M. (2006). Frontiers of Justice: disability, nationality, species membership. 

Clough, P. and Barton, L. (eds) (1998). Articulating with Difficulty: research voices in Inclusive Education. 

Atweh. B. Kemmis,S. and Weeks, P. (1998). Action Research in Practice: Partnerships for Social Justice in Education. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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