Ideas in Action: Participatory Health and Literacy Education with Adults
Elizabeth Morrish’s student action research project reflects the Spiral model illustrated by Arnold, Rick, et al. (1991).
Start with the experience of the learners
"We began by brainstorming ideas around what to learn..." "The group decided they wanted to learn more about violence as a community health issue."
Look for pattern
"The group brainstormed a list of questions...Questions were grouped in areas." "The students interviewed family members and friends." "We were all surprised how much violence was described in all these interviews."
Add new information
"...interviewed a streetworker working with gangs, and a Cambodian police officer."
Practice skills and take action
"...transcribed the parts (of the interview) we wanted." "As a group, we wrote an introduction deciding on themes and choosing the layout."
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