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Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates


We present a new conceptual model situating research experiences for undergraduates within a context of participatory action research. The purpose of the theoretically grounded Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates (PAREU) model is to act as a second year addition to traditional, lab-based research experiences where undergraduate science students, social science experts, and community members collaborate to develop research with the goal of enacting change. In addition to providing practical benefits for communities with needs solvable by scientific research, the model builds on and expands student skills gained from traditional research experiences. Deep and sustained engagement among scientists, social scientists, and community leaders is expected to empower community members, create better informed citizens, and improve their ability to solve problems.

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