YPAR Dreams Deferred? Examining Power Bases for YPAR to Impact Policy and Practice

Melanie Bertrand, Brian D. Lozenski

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Abstract

Practitioners and scholars have argued that youth participatory action research (YPAR) challenges systemic injustice in education, as youth and adults research mechanisms of oppression and propose recommendations. However, oftentimes YPAR does not lead to new policies, as institutional decision-makers ignore youth’s moral pleas and empirical evidence. In this conceptual article, we propose a consideration of the ways in which YPAR can mobilize power bases using youth organizing and institutionally sanctioned decision-making. We argue that being attuned to power bases provides YPAR groups a more reliable means, in comparison to moral pleas, to move from YPAR findings to shifts in policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-462
Number of pages26
JournalEducational Policy
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • activism
  • policy
  • political influence
  • power base
  • youth
  • youth participatory action research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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