Digital media platforms allow more voices than ever before to dialogue about issues of public concern. These platforms offer particularly exciting opportunities for young people to wrestle with the most pressing issues of our time while developing identities as citizens and scholars. As educators, how can we design digital learning experiences with rather than for young people – experiences that build upon the principles of Connected Learning and treat youth as knowledge producers oriented toward social action and justice as they navigate digital and analog environments?
This workshop offers youth participatory action research (YPAR) as a framework for inquiry that pushes back on traditional models of the key actors (youth), processes (participatory), and purposes (action) of learning and research in classroom, community, and digital spaces. We will review the theory and practice of YPAR and discuss how it offers a transformative vision for how and why young people utilize digital media before jumping into the work of designing experiences that encourage young people to conduct their own research.
Participants in this workshop will learn not only from the presenters, but also from educators and students in Los Angeles who utilize YPAR in formal and informal learning contexts. They will also explore connections between YPAR, youth organizing, and participatory politics by interacting with scholars across the educational spectrum.
All participants will have opportunities to share their current work with young people and learn from those in different contexts. By the end of the workshop, all participants will develop personalized action plans for engaging in YPAR projects and join an online network of educators that will reach beyond the conference and continuously share resources, research, strategies, and outcomes.
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