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Name of Article:
A Tale of Three Discourses: Doing Action Research in a Research Methods Class 
Title of Book/Journal:
Social Problems 
Type:
Article 
English Translation:
 
Publication Date:
February 2004     
Author(s):
Couch, Stephen R.
 Editor(s):
 
Volume:
51 
Issue: 1
Pages: 146 - 153  
Corporate Author:
 
Publisher:
   
EPA Number:
 
Other Number:
ISSN: 0037-7791    
Keyword(s):
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT-GRASSROOTS
HAZARDOUS WASTE-FACILITY SITING
HEALTH
POLITICS
RESEARCH
Comments:
 
 
 
 
    
 
Annotation:
This article describes a collaborative research project between a graduate research methods course in action research and an urban community grassroots environmental group. To give the students the opportunity to do part of an action research project, the instructor (the author) approached the leaders of the grassroots group and asked if they would like the class to undertake research that would be of interest to them. The grassroots group is concerned that toxic releases from nearby facilities are causing detrimental health effects to area residents and asked that the class gather and analyze health data that would speak to their concerns. The results of the research generated media attention and angered a congressional representative, who attempted to discredit the research and to get the university to disavow it. The results of this project are used to illustrate what happens when the boundaries between the discourses of science, politics, and education become porous, and how interpretations of scientific research are shaped by the discourses in which they are used.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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