Participatory action research: The key to successful implementation of innovations in health professions education
Objectives. To explore the experiences of students and lecturers as well as identify potential benefits regarding the use of a participatory action research approach in a real learning context.
Methods. This was an action research study using a participatory approach.
Research findings. Participants reported satisfaction with the action research process and said it was a valuable learning experience. Key benefits of participatory action research identified included: empowering and actively engaging participants, combination of scholarly work, learning and immediate action, promotion of collaborative inquiry and team-work in initiating changes in training.
Conclusion. Participatory action research has the potential to result into acceptable and sustainable educational innovations because it involves the active involvement of all stakeholders affected by these interventions.
Aloysius Gonzaga Mubuuke, Makerere University, College of Health Sciences
Brenda Leibowitz, Stellenbosch University, Centre for Teaching and Learning
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Date published: 2013-04-22
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