Despite their normative and regulatory nature, schools, as contexts for democratic educa-tion, are also places for free discussion, critical analysis and imagining personal and societal change. Under the European project CATCH-EyoU, we developed a 2-years school-based in-tervention with a group of Portuguese secondary school students, inspired by the approach of youth participatory action research (YPAR). Having youths as co-researchers, both conven-tional (questionnaires and interviews) and emergent (theatre of the oppressed, photovoice) methods were mobilised to research dating violence, a problem previously identified by them as relevant in their community. The intervention process will be described, and its potential and limitations discussed.
Keywords: Youth, citizenship, participation, intervention, participatory research
Joana P. Cruz, Carla Malafaia, Filipe Piedade, José Eduardo Silva, Isabel Menezes, in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 1/2019, pp. 69-89, DOI:10.3280/PSC2019-001006