Youth action research

Youth Action Research

Facilitated by Joseph Shosh

How do you support teachers to help their students engage in youth action research. That is the purpose of this section. Not all of the people in our learning circle are engaged in supporting youth action research. The hope is that they will share the experiences of others that they have known who are doing action research. One of the powerful things about action research is that it is a process of engaging your partners in action research. When everyone is doing action research you have a learning organization. When students are tackling real work and teaching others, they are engaged in powerful learning.


In this section we would like you to share either strategies for supporting teachers to engage youth in action research or examples of when youth have been mobilized to solve problems they care about.



Examples of Youth Action Research

Shared by Margaret Riel


Some of the best action research by youth is being lead by educators in Peru. Carlos Chui has supported teachers and students to engage in projects that are done after school. They are organized by the school but are not part of a class and the students are neither paid or get academic credit. They participate as an act of citizenship. It is quite impressive to see what these students have done. For a complete report, see his action research. There are three videos, one for each of the cycles of action research that Carlos has supervised:

Cycle Reports:

Cycle 1: Quillarumi: Preserving the Rich Archaeological Sites of Peru

Cycle 2: Clean Water and the Challenges of Pollution

Cycle 3: Design Solutions to Clean Polluted Water

In addition to this, Carlos's students have taken part in a world wide climate change project. His students were part of a 13 country student delegation to the 2018 Cities IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, a three-day event held March 5-7 in Edmonton, Canada, that features presentations and workshops to highlight and inspire research on climate change and cities.

The paper they presented: International Youth White Paper on Climate Change shared work from over 4000 students from 13 countries, in partnership with The Centre for Global Education, C40, the Government of Alberta, TakingITGlobal, Louis Berger, and the Berger Charitable Foundation. The Berger Charitable Foundation described the event:

"After weeks of engaging in online activities, national surveys, and climate action projects, students came together to collaborate, through the use of technology, in a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the youth’s vision for Education, Cities and Climate Change. From every continent, the youth of the world exchanged ideas, debated alternatives, and ultimately created a document that represents their collective voice. The Virtual Town Hall was the culmination of months of online teamwork, 10,000 hours of student collaboration, over 500 hours of teacher facilitation, and the passion of these youth to engage in an international conversation and have their voices heard."