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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 12 Action research with street children: a role for street educators


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 12 Action research with street children: a role for street educators Olga Nieuwenhuys Introduction Amsterdam, to which I belong, is committed to academic research while strongly believing in The media have brought to the drawing-rooms participation and dialogue. We see those we of the television-viewing public disheartening research not as `objects', as academia stories of children living on the streets. Time traditionally has done, but as `subjects'. This and again this public is a witness, through the means eliciting their active participation at all eye of the camera, of how children are exposed stages of research, including the formulation of the problem, the selection and application of to indifference, violence and abuse. methods of research and the ways results are Set against this wealth of images, it is documented and made accessible. astonishing that social scientists have been slow to acknowledge street children as a legitimate Action research with children area of study. While everybody seems to know who the street children are, social scientists are Much of the experiences with action research still struggling with categories and definitions has been with adults. In the case of children, the (Glauser, 1990). The reason for ...

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