Trainers notes: Introduction to EAR

Introduction An introduction to Ethnographic Action Research (EAR). This Section covers the underlying principles of EAR and explores how participants can benefit from integrating it into their project.
Timing/duration 1 day split into four 2 hour blocks.
Target audience Those intending to use EAR in their projects, including those who will take on the role of EAR researcher.
Prerequisite skills/knowledge Some experience with an Information and Communication Technology project would be useful, but is not essential.
Unit objectives/expected outcomes Participants will have a basic understanding of Ethnographic Action Research.
Pre-workshop activities None required.
Notes on using exercises During group exercises, participants should work in project teams if possible. Ideally these should have 2-4 participants. Project teams will benefit from relating the exercise specifically to their projects.
Equipment needed Large sheets of paper, coloured pens, space for group discussions, computers if available.

Day One: Introduction to EAR

AM 1 Session 1 Introductions/expectations Ice-breaker
    Workshop overview  
    Introduction to EAR  
AM 2 Session 2
Communicative ecologies
Exercise 1
    Principles, methods and techniques
    Key questions and processes Exercise 2
PM 1

Session 3

Broad and targeted research

    EAR & Monitoring and Evaluation  
PM 2
Session 4
Research Culture and Ethics
Exercise 3