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Participatory action research in digital storytelling: Using mobile technology to co-create social change in Kenya

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posted on 2023-05-02, 15:25 authored by Antonia LiguoriAntonia Liguori, Daniel Onyango, Melaneia WarwickMelaneia Warwick, Michael WilsonMichael Wilson
This chapter reflects on the outcomes of an ongoing transnational partnership between Hope Raisers, a youth-led NGO based in Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Storytelling Academy at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom (UK). A group of researchers and artists explore the value of digital storytelling as a tool for participatory action research (PAR) through an exploration of the challenges and opportunities of applying this tool to facilitate online and face-to-face conversations. The focus is around issues of global interest from a local and personal perspective. A number of case studies are discussed to demonstrate the impact of a digital storytelling mobile lab, via PAR, on a group of stakeholders including community members, Nairobi-based artists and UK-based researchers. The case studies recount the processes of exploring hybrid forms of storytelling (digital and performative) to co-design a public event focused on waste management and to develop community-led solutions to the design of urban spaces. The methodological, social and cultural challenges faced while applying PAR approaches to facilitate the digital storytelling process are addressed. There is critical reflection on the ways in which workshop participants and other storytellers were supported in shared, collaborative and asynchronous projects from different, non-traditional learning locations. Through this, it is demonstrated that, while PAR approaches promote social justice, there are a number of ethical dilemmas to tackle and protocols to develop. In this way the authors share different ways of applying a culturally appropriate and practical PAR approach to address societal issues and create social change.



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Co-teaching and co-research in contexts of inequality: Using networked learning to connect Africa and the world


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Vernon Press 2023. This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) which is the most open licence available and considered the industry 'gold standard' for open access. This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the text; to adapt the text and to make commercial use of the text provided attribution is made to the authors and a full reference to book as follows: Phindile Zifikile Shangase, Daniela Gachago and Eunice Ivala, Co-teaching and Co-research in contexts of inequality, Vernon Press, 2023. https://vernonpress.com/book/1656 More information about the CC BY license is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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