ERIC Number: EJ1210240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Managing Expectations in Participatory Research Involving Older People: What's in It for Whom?
Mey, Erik; van Hoven, Bettina
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, v22 n3 p323-334 2019
Participatory research actively engages participants in some or all stages of the research process -- from deciding on scope and problem statement to actively collecting data to disseminating results and effecting change. Considering the shifting roles of participants and researchers in participatory ageing research, to the academic, participatory research becomes a venture into project and people management, local politics, consultancy and community building. First, we present a literature overview of the promises and pitfalls of participatory research. Then, drawing on a university initiated participatory study involving older people as co-researchers in a neighbourhood in Groningen, the Netherlands, we discuss the shifting roles and expectations of all of those involved in the participatory research process. We conclude that a central question that requires continuous negotiation in the participatory research process is: what's in in for whom?
Descriptors: Older Adults, Participatory Research, Researchers, Aging (Individuals), Politics, Community Development, Research Problems, Universities, Neighborhoods, Role, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands