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WHat is ypar?


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WHat is ypar?


 

Youth participatory action research (yPAR) "provides young people with opportunities to study social problems affecting their lives and then determine actions to rectify these problems" (Cammarota & Fine, 2008, p. 2). yPAR is a research methodology in which youth engage in collaborative and self-reflective approaches to learn about the research process and carry out their own projects for the purpose of making a positive contribution to their schools and communities. yPAR positions youth as experts of their life experience whose understandings of their world are real and whole. A transformational politics is integral to yPAR.

 
 
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The Centre for Urban Schooling in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto is home to two school-based yPAR projects


Youth Solidarities Across Borders

Led by Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández and research associate Dr. Cristina Guerrero, the SSHRC-funded study Youth Solidarities across Borders (YSAB) builds on several years of exploratory and pilot research centred on the schooling experiences of Latin@ students attending Toronto public high schools. Implemented in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and co-facilitated with OISE/UT graduate students Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing and Diana Barrero, this year's work sought to construct a space within which  Latin@ and Black students can co-construct knowledge about the social and educational issues that are important to them.

University of Toronto Schools Equity Project

The University of Toronto Schools (UTS) yPAR project is led by Co-Principal Investigators Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández and Centre for Urban Schooling Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Leila Angod, and is co-facilitated with OISE/UT graduate student Karima Kinlock. The UTS Equity Study is funded by a research grant from the Newton Foundation. The project launched in the fall of 2016 and is organized as a co-curricular that meets regularly to explore issues related to social justice . The program invites students to become researchers of their schooling experiences by designing and carrying out research projects that make an intervention in processes of advantage and exclusion.


A relationship is percolating between the UTS project and the Youth Solidarities Across Borders class. We began to foster this relationship during the 2015-2016 academic year by working together to plan the annual Youth Research Celebration, an event that shares the youth researchers' findings and action components. We will continue to grow this relationship in the 2016-2017 academic year.