Research Handbook on Community Development
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Research Handbook on Community Development

Edited by Rhonda Phillips, Eric Trevan and Patsy Kraeger

This timely Research Handbook offers new ways in which to navigate the diverse terrain of community development research. Chapters unpack the foundations and history of community development research and also look to its future, exploring innovative frameworks for conceptualizing community development. Comprehensive and unequivocally progressive, this is key reading for social and public policy researchers in need of an understanding of the current trends in community development research, as well as practitioners and policymakers working on urban, rural and regional development.
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Chapter 14: Methods and framework of participatory action research for community development in Bangladesh

M. Rezaul Islam


The purpose of this chapter is to develop methods and framework of participatory action research (PAR) for community development in Bangladesh. Drawing from a number of community empowerment and community development field-based research examples, this chapter looks at the suitable research methods and framework of PAR that will help researchers to develop this research framework to consider the contextual aspects. It is noted that in Bangladesh there is a high volume of field-based research work in the community development field to address community development phenomena such as community planning, community participation, community partnership, community empowerment and sustainable community development. But there are no suitable methods and research framework that can command the community development related perspectives and contextual aspects of Bangladesh. This chapter provides a template of methods and framework of PAR with its definitions, principles, strengths and challenges in the community development field in Bangladesh. We hope that this chapter shows more clearly how participatory action research differs from other forms of social inquiry, integrating more clearly its political and methodological intentions. This research framework will be an important guideline for community level field practitioners, researchers, disaster experts, and policymakers.

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