11.237 PAR Spring Term


Introduction to the practice of case study research and more generally to competing ideas about context-independent vs. context-dependent knowledge, arguments for and against generating theory on the basis of a single case, and problems of verification in participatory action research (i.e. disconfirming the researcher’s preconceptions). Emphasis will be on ways of producing knowledge using various forms of narrative analysis. We will try to understand how the people and communities who are the focus of applied social research can use the results to address the problems they are experiencing. Students will be expected to prepare detailed analyses of actual PAR cases.

Taught by Lawrence Susskind and Dayna Cunningham


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