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Journal Article

Charting a Clear Course Through the Methodological Jungle: Lessons About PAR from and for Simulation‑Based Educational Research  pp229-242

Suzaan Hughes, Frances Scholtz

© Dec 2019 Volume 17 Issue 4, Editor: Ann Brown, pp192 - 243

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Many argue that technology brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers new opportunities for student learning. In order for educators to use technology with wisdom, in‑depth longitudinal research using rigorous methodological approaches is needed to understand the opportunities and challenges of including these technologies in management education. Therefore, educational researchers are challenged to design research projects to collect data from multiple sites over several years using various methodologies. This article examines strategies used by the researchers to design and implement a research project employing a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach that combined qualitative and quantitative data from two universities across several years. The research project was specifically designed to study learning using a business simulation. The article describes the research project including the various data collection points and analysis methods. The purpose of this article is to bridge the theory‑implementation gap enabling educational researchers to consider the design of a comprehensive research project as well as identifying key challenges and practical suggestions for using PAR.


Keywords: Participatory Action Research (PAR), business simulation, education, qualitative research, quantitative research, methodology


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Journal Issue

Volume 17 Issue 4 / Dec 2019  pp192‑243

Editor: Ann Brown

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Keywords: Design science research, reflective practice, epistemology, knowledge generation, Activity Theory, contradictions, analysis of qualitative data, technology-mediated organisational change, Accounting Information Systems, Information Security Management, participative action research, case study, Participatory Action Research (PAR), business simulation, education, qualitative research, quantitative research, methodology


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