Learn from Research Cases: Youth Participation

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Five SAGE Research Cases were featured in a series of posts about collaboration and ways researchers and academic writers work together. In a second series of posts we are exploring research designs and approaches used to conduct each respective study.

The cases are open access until the end of February, 2019.  If the links have expired you can access them through with a 30-day free trial of the Cases platform, using your academic email address.

Studying Youth, With Youth

Let’s face facts: if you are old enough to conduct research, you are a geezer from the perspective of a 14-year old! Why would they reveal insights into their personal lives, especially on sensitive matters they’d rather not discuss? This is a dilemma researchers face when studying adolescents or young adults– and the problem is even greater when studying a topic like suicide prevention or life in issues they face in their own neighborhoods. Vaughn and Bruck (2017) describe one solution: involve the youth as co-researchers.

Read the whole case here:
DeJonckheere, M.,Vaughn, L. M., & Bruck, D. (2017). Youth-led participatory action research: A collaborative methodology for health,education, and social change. SAGE Research Methods Cases.doi:10.4135/9781473956032

This case describes two related studies that both used participatory action research methods. For the first, an inquiry about suicide prevention, the teens decided to use a survey to collect data. For the second, to research issues faced by young women in low-income communities, they used photovoice and photo elicitation.

Here is a map of key elements of this case. As you can see, the action research methodology influenced choices in all areas of the design, including the ways findings are disseminated.

The authors of this case described their experiences with the young co-researchers in the context of the Participatory Action Research methodology. The case includes discussion questions for classroom use. Learn more about teaching with cases here.

If you would like to learn more about Participatory Action Research, visit SAGE Research Methods and see this Reading List of books, chapters, and articles. If you do not have access through an academic library, explore SAGE Research Methods with a free trial.

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