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Participatory Action Research - Feminist Trailblazers & Good Troublemakers

Participatory Action Research - Feminist Trailblazers & Good Troublemakers

Welcome to the companion site to the podcast, Participatory Action Research Feminist Trailblazers and Good Troublemakers. We talk with feminists PAR Trailblazers about their work, struggles, and successes bringing feminist values and ways of being to PAR. We explore their insights for the future of a PAR intentionally informed by intersectional feminisms. We've included transcripts. Watch our Resources section grow!

Recent Episodes

Episode 3 with Deborah Barndt and Margarita Antonio

Aug. 30, 2022

In this episode Deborah Barndt and Margarita Antonio discuss their collaboration on a participatory arts-based research project called VIVA! in Nicaragua the early days of URACCAN - the University of the Autonomous Region of…

Episode 2 with Renu Khanna

July 13, 2022

Renu Khanna talks with co-hosts Patricia Maguire and Jessica Oddy. Renu is a trailblazer in participatory action researcher, particularly in women’s health and human rights. In the early 80s, she began using PAR as part of …

Guest: Renu Khanna

Episode 1 with Marjorie Mbilinyi

July 8, 2022

Marjorie Mbilinyi talks with co-hosts Patricia Maguire and Jessica Oddy. Marjorie is one of the earliest feminist participatory action researchers. Since the early 1970’s Marjorie has fought for gender and class justice with…

About the Hosts

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Patricia Maguire, Host

Patricia Maguire, long-time advocate for feminist-informed participatory and action research, initiated this series to amplify and elevate the trailblazing contributions of feminists to the development of PAR.

Patricia Maguire is Professor Emeritus of Education and Counseling, Western New Mexico University. Her book, Doing Participatory Research: A Feminist Approach (1987) was one of the first feminist critiques of PAR. For twenty-five years. Patricia was Chair of the WNMU-Gallup Graduate Studies Center (GGSC), located in Gallup, New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo. Working collaboratively, the GGSC team served one of the most culturally rich, linguistically diverse, yet economically poorest communities in the USA.

Inspired by bell hooks and Paulo Freire, Patricia believes the classroom is still a space of radical possibilities. Patricia taught feminist-informed Teacher Action Research. She and colleague Julie Horwitz explored what happens for teachers who engage in AR with transformational intentions. In a nod to knowledge democracy, her website, https://www.patriciamaguire.net/ gives open access to many of her writings and presentations.

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Jessica Oddy, Guest Host

Jessica Oddy has worked for over a decade in the education in emergencies space for organizations including Save the Children, LWF and War Child. She is an Academic Tutor for the University of East London’s preparation course for refugees and asylum seekers and is pursuing a PhD at UEL’s Centre for Migration, Refugee and Belonging. Using mixed digital and participatory action research methods, her research focuses on diverse young people’s educational experiences in emergencies and how colonial legacies influence the types of programs available for youth in displacement situations. In her early work as a secondary school teacher, she taught Global and active citizenship to support young people to become agents of change within their own communities.

In the international development and humanitarian aid sectors, she designs education in emergencies programs with and for children, young people and adults in situations of displacement, conflict and on the move. Jessica is Director and founder of EiE consulting. Education in Emergencies’ (EiE) mission is to support organizations, institutions, and individuals to design and deliver equity and evidence-based programs and research. See more of Jessica Oddy’s work at https://www.jessoddy.com/jessoddy

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Vanessa Gold, Production Manager

Production Manager

Vanessa Gold is a doctoral student in the Department of Integrated Studies of Education at McGill University, studying pedagogical change processes in secondary and post-secondary schools. Feminisms informs her worldview. The research areas informing her work include student voice, educational leadership, design thinking, and action research. She seeks opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Before pursuing her PhD, Vanessa taught internationally for four years.

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Linnea Rademaker, Supporter

Professor, School of Educational Leadership, Abilene Christian University - Dallas Campus

Linnea Rademaker is the host of the Action Research: Global Conversations Podcast. An early supporter of this project, she graciously lent us AR Global Conversations as first home of the PAR Feminist Trailblazers and Good Troublemakers Podcast. She is a professor at Abilene Christian University in the Department of Educational Leadership and recent past president of the AERA Action Research Special Interest Group. Check out her most recent book, co-authored with Elena Y. Polush. Evaluation and Action Research: An Integrated Framework to Promote Data Literacy and Ethical Practices (2022)