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Problem Identification

This set of activities focuses on the first stage of the research process: Problem Identification. In the problem identification stage, youth critically explore their environment, gather information and reflect upon current conditions within their setting (i.e. school, community, etc.). Next, youth narrow in on a particular area of interest.

These activities teach youth how to select and determine an issue for their participatory research action project.

The first set of activities focuses on how to identify issues within their own community, and school settings:

  • Community Mapping
  • Defining Our Community
  • Identifying Existing Knowledge and Information

The second set of exercise looks at reviewing existing information, determining an issue, and generating specific research questions:

  • Gathering Background Information
  • Selecting an Issue
  • Developing a Hypotheses