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Choice and Quality in Action Research Practice

Read This article explores the nature of quality in action research practice. The origins and purposes of action research and its relation to social science methodology are reviewed. Action research is described in terms of four characteristic dimensions—worthwhile practical purposes, … Continue reading

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Geographic Information Science and Public Participation

Read Computer-mediated participation is at the crossroads. In the early heady days of the digital revolution, access to “high” technologies such as GIS promised the empowerment of marginalized communities by providing data and information that was previously hidden away from … Continue reading

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Local Democracy, Rural Community, and Participatory School Governance

Read This article considers the indigenization of democracy by conceptualizing participatory deliberative decision-making practice as a tool to strengthen the functioning of local schools and to enhance democratic responsiveness within communities. Drawing on case-studies of bottom-up approaches to school governance, … Continue reading

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Governance, Complexity and Democratic Participation

Read This article applies complexity theory to urban governance. It is argued that expert-based, hierarchical-instrumental policy making encounters insurmountable obstacles in modern liberal democracies. One of the root causes of this erosion of output legitimacy is the complexity of social … Continue reading

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Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture – Media Education for the 21st Century

Read According to a recent study from the Pew Internet & American Life project, more than one-half of all teens have created media content, and roughly one-third of teens who use the Internet have shared content they produced. In many … Continue reading

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Currents of change: Exploring relationships between teaching, learning and development – Participatory and transformative education

Read “I think participatory education is about transforming people. And transformative education is the process in which we, first of all, challenge power relations in order to create a safe environment so that different voices can emerge and be heard—but … Continue reading

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Change projects – Which sounds more like your projects?

Viking ships   Changes ultimately come to life through the individuals who have to do their jobs differently as a result of a project or initiative. Whether the project involves a process impacting 15 people, a new technology impacting 150 … Continue reading

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A democracy we can eat: a livelihoods approach to TVET policy and provision

In Southern Africa, theories of adult education have remained modelled on imported paradigms. The urgency of particularly the first of the Millennium Development Goals, ‘to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger’ generally translates into policy and provision of skills training based … Continue reading

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