Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR)

The term feminist participatory action research (FPAR) refers to a participatory and action-oriented approach to research that centers gender and women’s experiences both theoreticallyand practically. In the academic and non-academic literature FPAR is referred to as a paradigm,a theory, a research framework, a conceptual framework, a research approach, and a researchmethodology. Most commonly FPAR is understood as a conceptual framework that enables acritical understanding of women’s multiple perspectives and works toward inclusion and socialchange through participatory processes while exposing researchers’ own biases and assumptions.In sum, FPAR attempts to blend the most promising aspects of feminist theories and researchwith participatory action research.

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