Action research as empowering practice

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There is a large debate in the social work literature regarding the gap between research and practice, with current research methodologies critiqued as potentially “blaming the victim” or decontextualizing the practice situation. This paper presents an alternative approach, utilizing action research to inform practice. Originally conceived of as a qualitative interview study, the manuscript traces the evolution of the worker, a teacher and high school students. The research itself addresses the issue of “What is it like to be a student of color here?” in a predominately white school environment. Students and adults conceptualize ways to work together for change within the school. [Article copies available from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-58
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Progressive Human Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - 8 Dec 1995


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