This module builds upon the previous year, focusing on linking theories and skills together in such a way that they can inform an approach to Action Research. While Action Research theory has been outlined in previous modules, Module Four defines theoretical approaches for Action Research projects.
This module acts as preparation for students to skillfully design and implement a contextually relevant Action Research project. During this module students go more deeply into research methodology and specific tools relevant for self-reflective approaches to peace research.
Action research is grounded in the belief that research with human beings should be participative and democratic. Researchers working within this frame are charged with being sensitive to issues of power, open to the plurality of meanings and interpretations, and able to take into account the emotional, social, spiritual and political dimensions of those with whom they interact.
‘Purpose’ is also central to these methods: A primary purpose of action research is to produce practical knowledge that is useful to people in the everyday conduct of their lives. The very term Action Research implies that the nature of knowing purported by these methods is rooted in the experience of doing. Knowing is seen to be embedded within cycles of action and reflection.