This special edition of the International Journal of Qualitative Research contributes to the youth engagement movement, informing how we approach especially qualitative, participatory action research (PAR) and mixed methods research with youth, contributing to the theory and practice of adolescent development-focused research. It builds on a workshop held in June 2015, focused on Understanding Meaningful Engagement of Youth in Research and Evaluation (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). These concerns regarding youth engagement necessarily draw attention to the ways in which we generate the knowledge that informs theories and practice.
This collection of articles contributes to our understanding of the models of research required for the cocreation of knowledge and related policies and programing that will enable youth to flourish. The authors include youth, community research partners, and researchers, who share their experience of how to meaningfully engage youth in research from planning, ethics, and fieldwork through to analysis and dissemination. The goal of this edition on Understanding Meaningful Engagement is to facilitate knowledge sharing between a diverse group of actors engaged in research (i.e., researchers, community partners, and youth research participants) and to disseminate new knowledge about how to meaningfully engage youth in research and evaluation so as to reverse the flow of knowledge from youth who are often silenced to adults in positions of decision-making power. In bringing together leading and emerging experts in research with youth, and drawing on their experiences of meaningfully and successfully engaging youth in research and evaluation, our hope is that innovative practices and knowledge systems are amplified. Read more.
[Source: SAGE Journals]