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

By:
Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom,
Dr. Michal Krumer-Nevo
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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
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Usage of Qualitative Research Methods as Means to Empower Disadvantaged Groups, The


Prof. Yehuda Bar Shalom

Chair of Education Studies, Education Studies, David Yellin College of Education
Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Bar Shalom has has done research in the following topics: Arab Jewish relations, religious and secular encounter is Israel, relations between ethnic groups in Israel, Changes in Israeli society, culture and education, Israel Diaspora relations, Political changes in Israel, multicultural 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
The Israeli Center for Qualitative Methodologies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Israel


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