The Usage of Qualitative Research Methods and Action Research as Means to Empower Disadvantaged Groups: The Example of the Kedma School and the "Poor Voices" Project at Ben Gurion University
In the presentation I will show two different cases in which qualitative research and action research methods have enabled disadvantaged groups to gain power and recognition. The assumption is that participatory research can help individuals and groups reflect on their experience in a more critical manner. (See: Freire, 1993, Wexler, 1992, Elliot, 1991 , Carspecken, 1996). The first case study describes the work done at the Kedma school. The school is populated mainly by disadvanged Jewsh youth, usually immigrants from arab countries, (Bar Shalom, 2006). The model described helps other critical educators in implementing educational policies that strive to create social change. The second case study deals with Michal Krumer's Nevo work with members of poor communities that chose to be co-researchers in an action research project that deals with poverty. The voices brought by these individuals help break many academic stereotypes about members of poor communities. The two case studies show the potential of research as means of social change.
Keywords: Qualitative Research, Action Research, Working With Disadvantaged Populations
Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom
Chair of Education Studies, Education Studies, David Yellin College of Education
Besides his position as Chair of Education at the David Yellin College in Jerusalem (The Largest in that city), Yehuda teaches the core course in Jewish Education at Tel Aviv University Overseas school. Yehuda is co-founder of the Network for social entrepreneurship together with Jerusalem's municipality, and he is very active in Jewish/Arab dialogue.
Dr. Michal Krumer-Nevo
Department of Social Work and