Youth Participatory Action Research as an Approach to Sociopolitical Development and the New Academic Standards: Considerations for Educators

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Discipline 1 Community psychology
Discipline 2 Sociology
Publication Title Youth Participatory Action Research as an Approach to Sociopolitical Development and the New Academic Standards: Considerations for Educators
Description Administrators and teachers face changes prompted by the shift to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) offers a promising approach to supporting students in mastering new content standards, while also offering experiences that promote their sociopolitical development and civic agency. In YPAR, students work with a teacher or other adult ally to critically reflect upon the social and political forces influencing their lives, identify a pressing problem or school need, study it through systematic research, and then develop an action plan to raise awareness or change a policy. Because of its emphasis on educational relevance, critical consciousness, and social justice, YPAR is an especially promising strategy with young people who experience racism or other forms of marginalization in school. In this article we describe the YPAR cycle, make an argument for how it creates opportunities for academic learning, sociopolitical development, and youth leadership, and provide examples of what this might look like in practice. YPAR offers a curricular approach that addresses academic objectives while also supporting democratic education and the sociopolitical development of students.
Publication Year 2015
Publication Author Mariah Kornbluh, Emily Ozer, Carrie Allen, Ben Kirshner
Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Urban Review
Major Funders
Publication Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11256-015-0337-6