Wednesday 17th April, 2013
1:15pm to 2:15pm
In the midst of educational reform, youth have limited opportunities to gain meaningful learning opportunities about health issues in their communities. This paper highlights the impact and lessons learned of a Youth Action Research (YAR) curriculum implemented in some public schools in Portland and its surrounding areas. Data was drawn from three student focus groups, two follow up student interviews, and seven individual or group interviews with adult allies or stakeholders (e.g., student advisors, public health workers). Findings suggest that the use of experiential learning, and student-led and mentoring processes embedded in the YAR provide meaningful and structured learning experiences.
Alma Trinidad, Portland State University
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