Importance Of Participatory Research Approach

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Participatory research approach is defined by Bergold and Thomas (2012), as a characteristic research method to plan and conduct research with those participants whose life-world and significant activities are under observation. In participatory research, the ‘bottom-up’ research approach is emphasized concentrating on locally defined prevalence and confined perceptions (Raham and Fals-Borda, 1991: Chambers, 1992). In research and planning, Cornwall and Jewkes (1995) refer to the involvement of local people as participants, advantageous not only to heighten efficiency but also to save time and money in the long run.
The co-researchers will be facilitated through participatory research method to skilfully step back from the conventional research
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There are different levels of participatory research such as full and partial participation. Full participation means ‘equal power to determine the outcome of decisions' for all participants which mean that the participants have the power to change the topic of the research, while partial participation means ‘the final power to decide rests with one party only’ (Pateman, 1970).
Many researchers have often categorized participatory approaches as being re-flexible, flexible and iterative contradictory to the inflexible linear strategies of most conventional discipline (Chambers, 1992: Cornwall and Welbourn, 1993: Rifkin, 1994).
The reason for choosing this method is to investigate whether the university has succeeded in preparing the students for the PhD program through the MRes program, by comparing numbers of both - successful graduate who graduated from the MRes program and comparing it with previous program. The participatory research can enable the University of Striling to investigate and study the success of the program in order to either continue to this program or terminate
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However, regrettably for community developers, the community originates as a diversified group of people with manifold interconnected cleavers of dissimilarities, containing varied privileged circumstances, gender, authority, age, faith, cultural and social norms (Navarro, 1984). Various versions are not only generated by these diversifications but dissimilar agendas and resources are also revealed through ratifying some key answers and obstructing others (Scrimshaw and Gleason,

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