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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Methodological complementarity Creativity and compromise

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Methodological complementarity Creativity and compromise Jo Abbot and Irene Guijt · Introduction A better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of PRA is encouraging much- Can participatory learning and action needed discussion about the need to broaden it methodologies be combined with more formal, by borrowing valuable principles and methods academic approaches and still be effective? from other approaches. It has encouraged This question is being faced head-on by the people like those contributing in this issue, to contributors to this issue of the develop purpose-specific combinations and PLA Notes. The continued spread and scaling-up of sequences of methods and methodologies. This participatory research and planning issue of the PLA Notes discusses why methodologies has been accompanied by many complementarity seems to be both essential questions related to their effectiveness and and effective, and offers a number of exciting impact. Do they provide decision makers, local examples from research and development people and desk-bound professionals alike, practice. However, it also highlights areas with the right kinds of information to make where far-reaching and serious compromises sound decisions? What can they not provide or seem likely. achieve? What do we need besides methodologies like ...

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