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Using Single-Case Participatory Action Research as a Methodology to Explore Appalachian Summer Camp Communities
PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement
  • Barry A Garst, Clemson University
  • Nancy K Franz, Iowa State University
  • Brian Peters, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Chris Smith, Virginia Tech
  • Sarah Baughman, Virginia Tech
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Publisher
Encompass
Abstract
Community educators have long known the value of direct experience in the learning process. Participatory action research extends this philosophy to the realm of research. This article examines the value of involving front line camp staff, members of the camp community in Appalachia as practitioner researchers with university scientists in studying the type and conditions of transformative learning in young adult camp staff. A young adult who was a camp community member assisted the researchers with methodology, data analysis, data interpretation, and dissemination of findings. This resulted in a more accurate, richer, and thicker description of the camp community member’s transformative learning experience. The benefits of involving practitioner researchers are examined, as well as promising practices for conducting participatory action research in community education environments.
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Citation Information
Garst, B., Franz, N. K., Peters, B., Smith, C., & Baughman, S. (2012). Using Single-Case Participatory Action Research as a Methodology to Explore Appalachian Summer Camp Communities. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 1 (1). Retrieved from http://encompass.eku.edu/prism/vol1/iss1/2