Time for review: supporting the work of an advisory group

Porter, Jill, Parsons, Sarah and Robertson, Christopher (2006) Time for review: supporting the work of an advisory group. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 6, (1), 11-16. (doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2006.00055.x).


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This paper raises methodological issues about the challenges and dilemmas of inclusive research practices reflecting on the work of an advisory group carrying out research on using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance community participation. The interests of three parties can be identified – the commissioning agent, the researchers and the researched – and these interplayed throughout the course of the research determining the outcomes. Given the relationship between inclusive research and advocacy, there were particular gains in enabling the voice of the advisory group to shape the way in which the research was conducted and to disseminate the findings both within the organisation and beyond. However, the fragility of these new structures required organisational changes for the research to be truly empowering. The experience of the group suggests the need for their involvement at all stages of the research process.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2006.00055.x
ISSNs: 1471-3802 (print)
Keywords: participatory research, advisory groups, learning difficulties, community participation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 171375
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2006Published
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 11:35
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:31
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/171375

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