The Theory Of Participatory Action Research

Institution(s): MIT

Discipline(s): Design

Faculty Member(s): Nse Esema, Dayna Cunningham, Lawrence Susskind

Keyword(s): Civic Engagement, Democracy, Design-Research, Social Justice, Urbanism

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The class introduces the theory of participatory action research (PAR) and more generally competing ideas about social inquiry and the uses of applied social science to promote social justice. The focus is on the epistemological foundations of action research, the ethics of knowledge generation, the role of the “friendly outsider,” and arguments for and against PAR as a scientific method.