Emancipatory and Participatory Research on Disability for Emerging Educational Researchers: Theory and Case Studies of Research in Excluded and Under-Represented Communities

Joe Barton, Simon Hayhoe

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This book introduces the reader to participatory and emancipatory research and its approach in educational context. The methodology discussed in this paper was designed to develop three educational projects, the case studies of which are featured in this book. The model of participatory educational research featured in this book is a contemporary methodology designed to include stakeholders, students and visitors to cultural institutions in the development of data. This methodology also allows participants to guide the form of data that is collected, critically evaluate existing educational technologies and practice and provide feedback on inclusion, pedagogies, practices and technologies that are created under its auspices. The model of emancipatory educational research featured in this book dates back to the late 1960s and the Independent Living Movement. This movement coined the phrase, “nothing about us without us,” which in turn became a rallying cry for people passively institutionalized because of disability to take control of their own destiny. In doing so, this movement asserted that: “[People] with disabilities are human beings with inalienable rights and that these rights can only be secured through collective political action. It arises out of the realization that, as historian Paul Longmore has written, "whatever the social setting and whatever the disability, people with disabilities share a common experience of social oppression.”” As well as introducing the reader to the background of participatory and emancipatory research methodologies, this book highlights data collection techniques used in the course of real educational research. These techniques include: • Discussion / Consultation • Course Development • Participant Diaries & “Homework” • Photography and Visual Methods • Interview To round of its discussion, this book discusses three case studies of the practice of emancipatory research: 1) an emancipatory study of academics with disabilities at the University of Bath, which formed part of a research degree; 2) a European Union Horizon 2020 funded project working with participant groups of people with disabilities in museums in Europe; 3) A breakdancing project, where a dance technology, choreography and individual dance moves were co-created by visually impaired and sighted dancers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbbingdon, UK
Publication statusAcceptance date - 4 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameQualitative and Visual Methodologies in Educational Research


  • Qualitative Research
  • Participatory Research
  • emancipatory-based research (EBA)
  • Disability
  • Educational research
  • social exclusion
  • education

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Emancipatory and Participatory Research on Disability for Emerging Educational Researchers: Theory and Case Studies of Research in Excluded and Under-Represented Communities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this