Introduction

In the fall of 2013, student-researchers in Ms. Bayer’s Humanities II: The Art of Power and Politics classes at Boston Arts Academy engaged in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) in an effort to examine and raise awareness about educational issues facing them and their peers.  In small research groups of about four peers, students: 1.) identified an educational issue that they wanted to learn more about, 2.) developed research tools (surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups) and collected data, 3.) analyzed the data and made recommendations to address the issue, 4.) took action by presenting their findings through artistic representations at a community forum in December of 2013.

In an effort to expand our research beyond our school community, we have created a website to share our research findings.  Each of the tabs on this webpage represents a topic which the various research groups examined.  When you click on a tab, you will find our research papers, as well as some artistic representations of our findings.  Please feel free to “like”, share, and/or comment on our work (please be respectful in your comments and keep in mind that we are youth researchers who put a lot of effort into our work).  On the final tab, you will see some pictures of us in action along with those of us who felt comfortable sharing our names.

Thank you in advance for viewing our work and sharing your thoughts, and please feel free to share with others.

In the ongoing struggle to improve public education,

The students of Ms. Bayer’s Humanities classes, Fall 2013

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