Learning from YPAR: Engaging high school students in joint leadership roles to re-shape school systems

75-min | In-Person
Focus Areas: Equity, Diversity, and Belonging; Transformational Secondary School Learning

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) is one avenue for Transformational Secondary School Learning. Student voice is oftentimes missing when enacting institutional change seeking to alleviate educational inequities. In this session, we demonstrate how high school student teams from two projects 1) a National Science Foundation grant (#1923406) known as CS-LISTEN and a 2) University of California grant known as UC-LISTEN place students as co-researchers (SCRs) in the driver’s seat of investigating inequities in computer science (CS) education and college access. Students in the two projects work alongside teachers, administrators, and university researchers, through YPAR structures and practices. In turn, we demonstrate how this methodology and the interview data conducted -by students -of students and -for students how highly engages students in joint leadership roles in equity-minded systemic school transformation.


Kristin Tenney, Graduate Student Researcher, UC San Diego
Minhtuyen Mai, Program Coordinator, CREATE at UC San Diego
Susan Yonezawa, Associate Director, CREATE at UC San Diego
Art Lopez, Project Manager, CREATE at UC San Diego