Research as Response: Methodological Reflections

  • Carmen Mathijssen
  • Danny Wildemeersch


In this chapter, we reflect on some specific methodological challenges for research on civic learning in the context of community work with people in poverty. Important questions in this regard are as follows: what are appropriate and respectful designs, methodologies and methods for such research organised with practitioners and with people in poverty, considering both the usefulness and the democratic value of the research? This raises wider questions about the connection between research and democracy, including the question whether and how research can be a democratic force.


Community Service Participatory Observation Rational Community Round Table Discussion Research Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Education and SocietyUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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