Research for Change versus Research as Change: Lessons from a Mujerista Participatory Research Team


Andrea Dyrness is an assistant professor of Educational Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (


In this article, I aim to further the discussion of engaged research in anthropology and education by examining the unique changes promoted by participatory research in contrast to policy-oriented activist research models. Drawing on my work with Latina immigrant mothers in a school reform movement, I argue for a Latina feminist view of participatory research that illuminates and builds on Latina women's capacities for social critique and transformative resistance. [participatory research, activist anthropology, Latino parents, school reform]