Participatory Action Learning and Action Research (PALAR) for Community Engagement: A Theoretical Framework
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The purpose of this paper is to make a new genre of action research accessible to readers in theory and practice that is distilled from my forthcoming work (in Zuber-Skerritt, Kearney, & Fletcher, 2015). Here the focus is on participatory action learning and action research (PALAR), a conceptual integration of lifelong action learning and participatory action research. PALAR is conceived as a philosophy, a methodology, a theory of learning, and as a facilitation process for community engagement. The paper explains the meaning, significance, benefits, effectiveness, applications, successes, and challenges of PALAR with regard to community engagement. The Appendix provides practical guidelines for strategic team design of a PALAR project.
Educational Research for Social Change
© 2015 Zuber-Skerritt. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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