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Participatory Action Research and Educational Development

South Asian Perspectives

  • Huma Kidwai
  • Radhika Iyengar
  • Matthew A. Witenstein
  • Erik Jon Byker
  • Rohit Setty

Part of the South Asian Education Policy, Research, and Practice book series (SAEPRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Neha Miglani, Jayasree Subramanian, Vishnuteerth Agnihotri
    Pages 129-159
  3. Rajarshi Singh, Neha Sharma, Ketan Verma
    Pages 161-183
  4. Payal Shah
    Pages 229-234
  5. Tahiya Mahbub
    Pages 235-246
  6. Meagan Call-Cummings
    Pages 247-254
  7. Anusha Chandrasekharan, Pradeep Narayanan
    Pages 255-269
  8. Erik Jon Byker
    Pages 271-279
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 281-290

About this book


This volume brings together diverse thinkers and practitioners on Participatory Action Research (PAR) and educational development in South Asia. Contributors draw from their research and field experiences on how PAR is currently being understood, theorized, debated, and implemented for the education of children in South Asia. This book will act as a key reference text for academics, students, and practitioners interested in the intersection of education and participatory development in the region. The book opens a constructive debate on PAR approaches to education and proposes a reflective framework that allows the reader to develop their perspectives about the conceptual, methodological, and sociopolitical potential and limitations of participatory approaches.


teacher education technology educational planning globalization of education South Asia Special Interest Group Comparative and International Education Society

Editors and affiliations

  • Huma Kidwai
    • 1
  • Radhika Iyengar
    • 2
  • Matthew A. Witenstein
    • 3
  • Erik Jon Byker
    • 4
  • Rohit Setty
    • 5
  1. 1.Washington, District of ColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Earth InstituteColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.RedlandsUSA
  4. 4.ConcordUSA
  5. 5.FairfaxUSA

About the editors

Huma Kidwai is an education consultant with the World Bank’s Sub-Saharan Africa Division (Education–Global Practices). She holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Radhika Iyengar is Director of Education for the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA.

Matthew A. Witenstein is Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education at University of Redlands, USA, where he helps coordinate the doctoral program.

Erik Jon Byker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

Rohit Setty is a recent United States–India Educational Foundation Fulbright–Nehru Fellow with the National Council of Educational Research and Training’s Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, India, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, USA.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Participatory Action Research and Educational Development
  • Book Subtitle South Asian Perspectives
  • Editors Huma Kidwai
    Radhika Iyengar
    Matthew A. Witenstein
    Erik Jon Byker
    Rohit Setty
  • Series Title South Asian Education Policy, Research, and Practice
  • Series Abbreviated Title South Asian Education Policy, Research, and Practice
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48904-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84043-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48905-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIX, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    History of South Asia
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“This is a valuable contribution and will be of interest to all concerned with the practice and theory of Participatory Action Research. Its firm empirical grounding, combined with the rich diversity of the contributions makes it a treasure trove for practitioners and others, both in South Asia and internationally.” (Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK)

“Thought-provoking and accessible, this book challenges the taken-for-granted approaches to restructuring education by positioning practice as vitally informing policy, and by effectively demonstrating how perspectives from research and practice can be combined.” (Amita Gupta, School of Education, The City College of New York, USA)

“This book is a welcome addition to the hitherto slender collection of research material in contrast to conventional research methods. Combining research with field-based observation, the book is an important key reference for studies related to an interface between education and participatory development in South Asia.” (Mondira Dutta, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)