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

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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