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Learning to see: lessons from a participatory observation research project in public spaces

Clark, Andrew; Holland, Caroline; Katz, Jeanne and Peace, Sheila (2009). Learning to see: lessons from a participatory observation research project in public spaces. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 12(4) pp. 345–30.

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This article outlines the development and implementation of participatory research methodology centred on observational techniques. It discusses theoretical understandings of the methodology and how it works in practice. The research explored the use of public spaces by different social, ethnic and activity groups across the course of a 12-month period, drawing on the experiences of, and data collected by local non-academic researchers who were trained in a nonparticipatory semi-structured observation method. The article discusses how this method was developed and implemented and considers some of the issues around how participatory research works in practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Routledge
ISSN: 1464-5300
Keywords: participatory research; observation methods; public space
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 19409
Depositing User: Caroline Holland
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 12:05
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 19:36
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