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Action research in a remote district in Papua New Guinea: final report

Evans, Terry, Paraide, Patricia and Casey, Gail 2016, Action research in a remote district in Papua New Guinea: final report, Nuzami Research & Consulting, Geelong, Vic..

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Title Action research in a remote district in Papua New Guinea: final report
Author(s) Evans, TerryORCID iD for Evans, Terry orcid.org/0000-0001-5087-5727
Paraide, Patricia
Casey, GailORCID iD for Casey, Gail orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-1569
Publication date 2016
Total pages 46
Publisher Nuzami Research & Consulting
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) Action Research
Development in PNG
Gender Equity
Using mobile phones for development
Summary This project investigated whether action research could be used to address ‘grassroots’ community problems in a remote district of PNG. The research team introduced, supported and researched the implementation of a pilot action research project from April to November 2015 in Abau, Central Province. The project was funded by the Australian Government and commissioned through the Economic and Public Sector Program (EPSP) managed by Coffey. The action research participants comprised people from throughout Abau with interests in women’s and gender equity issues from community groups and agencies in the district. The action research teams developed evidence-based understandings of the causes and consequences of the problems that they were addressing through their actions. The research team provided each participant with a mobile phone connected to a ‘common user group’ (CUG). This enabled each participant unlimited phone calls and SMS messaging to other participants and to the research team. The research team sent weekly sets of SMS messages to all participants to assist their action research work. The use of mobile phones to support action research in remote communities was an important element of both facilitating the action research and of the research on the pilot project itself. With such knowledge they were strengthened in purpose and intention to help their own community. This suggests that an extension of this work in other remote areas of PNG may be successful.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
Copyright notice ©2016, Nuzami Research & Consulting
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Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution noncommercial share alike licence
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