Productive tensions - engaging geography students in participatory action research with communities
Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Taylor & Francis
"This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Geography in Higher Education on 19 July 2012, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03098265.2012.696594#.VSZ5xydwbcs ."
This study discusses the benefits and challenges of an undergraduate module on participatory geographies, involving students in co-producing research with community partners. The module challenges the knowledge production model predominant in Geography curricula. We argue that it develops students' skills and understanding through engaging them intellectually, socially and emotionally outside the university. As a student, two community partners and a professor, we offer our perspectives on the opportunities and conflicts that arose. We do not gloss over tensions in achieving the module's diverse aims, but suggest that these are productive for teaching, learning, research and the needs of community organizations.
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Vol. 37, Iss. 1 pp. 28 - 43