Participatory Research Methods: A Methodological Approach in Motion.

Bergold, J., & Thomas, S. (2012). Participatory Research Methods: A Methodological Approach in Motion. Partizipative Forschungsmethoden: EinMethodischerAnsatz in Bewegung., 37(4), 191–222.

  This article gives a detailed account of what Participatory Research encompasses by describing several fundamental principles necessary for such research including a democratic social and political context, a safe place to express concerns, who participates, and how people participate.  In defining core principles, this article also addresses issues that can arise when conducting Participatory Research by examining Participatory Research projects from a variety of disciplines and synthesizing them.  This article provides a necessary framework under which Participatory/activist Citizen Science falls.  This article does a great job of summarizing many of the fundamental principles and key issues of Participatory Research. Due to the extensive and excellent citations, this article also provides easy access to a number of influential works in the disciplines of Participatory Action Research and Participatory Research for further reading into any of the theories, principles, and primary issues of this research.

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