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Participatory researchWorking with vulnerable groups in research and practice$
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Jo Aldridge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305644

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305644.001.0001

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Involving people with learning difficulties in participatory research

Involving people with learning difficulties in participatory research

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Participatory research

Jo Aldridge

Policy Press

Ensuring that people with learning difficulties are included in research studies in ways that enhance their participation, as well as their emancipation, are important and necessary goals for researchers who work with them and for people with learning difficulties themselves as self-advocates in research. Drawing on relevant epistemological and methodological debates and evidence from research studies that use different, more creative methods with people with learning difficulties, this chapter examines the benefits (and challenges) of using participatory methods within and outside learning difficulty research. The chapter focuses on specific examples of participatory research studies that use visual methods and PhotoVoice as part of multi-method projects. The ethical challenges involved in using these kinds of methods and working collaboratively with people with learning difficulties in participatory research are also considered.

Keywords:   learning difficulties, social model of disability, visual research methods, participation, emancipation

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