Giving student groups a stronger voice: using participatory research and action (PRA) to initiate change to a curriculum

O’Neill, Geraldine and McMahon, Sinead (2012) Giving student groups a stronger voice: using participatory research and action (PRA) to initiate change to a curriculum. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 49 (2). pp. 161-171. ISSN 1470-3297

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Abstract

Traditional student feedback mechanisms have been criticised for being teacher-centred in design and, in particular, for their absence of transparent follow-up actions. In contrast, this study describes the process and the evaluation of a participatory research and action (PRA) approach used in an undergraduate physiotherapy degree. This approach aimed to give students a stronger voice in order to identify the issues they felt were most important and to involve them in the subsequent actions to change or influence their curriculum. Using group consensus, key areas were identified by the students using a variety of PRA techniques, solutions were recommended and some actions were implemented. Both students and staff maintained that the process had gone some way to empowering students and had begun a ripple effect in relation to student involvement in ongoing curriculum design and debate.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2015 15:29
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 20:26
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3347

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