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Generating Knowledge in Popular Education: From Participatory Research to the Systematization of Experiences


  • Alfonso Torres Carrillo


The article presents a revision of how popular education has integrated into its practices and reflections on participatory research. After a presentation of popular education as an educational movement and pedagogical current, the article develops a historical reconstruction of the relationship between these two, while offering a critique of the legacy and challenges of this kind of double education: research with an emancipatory perspective. The article ends focusing on the systematization of experience as an emergent research mode in the field of popular education. Although there are different approaches to systematization, all of them try to recover and interpret the meanings that manifest themselves in social practices, with the purpose of strengthening them.

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  • Alfonso Torres Carrillo, 2010. "Generating Knowledge in Popular Education: From Participatory Research to the Systematization of Experiences," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 6(2-3), pages 196-222.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2010_02-03_torres

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    popular education; participatory research; thematic research; action research; systemization of experiences;

    JEL classification:

    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training


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