Participatory Action Research and Information Literacy: Revising an Old New Hope for Research and Practice

  • Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo
  • Jesús Lau
  • Sirje Virkus
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 397)


This paper is a starting of a research which points toward constructing the basis for a research agenda integrating Participatory Action Research (PAR) into Information Literacy (IL) research and practice. In order to achieve this goal: a) we enumerate some pros and cons of using such methodology on IL with the pertinent literature and our own practice as IL researchers; b) we have developed a questionnaire to gather some insights from the research community in this matter; and c) we will start to seek an understanding of the possible contributions that a PAR-IL research agenda can bring to the field. The integration of PAR into IL research and practice is discussed from the three possible methodological stances: quantitative, qualitative, and a mixed methods perspective. Furthermore, we enumerate some of the pros, cons, hesitations and eagerness that researchers might have toward the idea of using PAR.


Participatory action research information literacy methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo
    • 1
  • Jesús Lau
    • 2
  • Sirje Virkus
    • 1
  1. 1.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.Universidad VeracruzanaVeracruzMexico

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