Welcome to the Participatory Action Research website

Welcome to this Participatory Action Research website. The website is one output of a joint project between Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Central Queensland University and The Queensland Department of Education. The project was funded through the Department of Education Horizon Scheme and has come to be known as the Empowering Global Learners project.

The project was a collaboration between school leaders, teachers, children and researchers. It used a teacher-as-researcher approach to develop a framework of practices to empower children to be global learners.

Through valuing the strengths teachers and children bring to classrooms, with the guidance of academic researchers, the teachers had the opportunity to work through the participatory action research cycle or what has become known as PAR, to develop a framework of practices to promote global citizenship and develop respect, empathy and acceptance in classrooms.

This website provides an overview of the project and an e-learning module that will walk you through the PAR process and provide you with strategies, tips and resources for schools and teachers who are interested in the benefits of research in their school or classroom. Our sister site Empowering Global Learners presents the findings from this research through a framework of practices designed to empower children to be global citizens.

Acknowledgement of Country

To begin this module we acknowledge the First Nations owners of the lands on which we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country. For thousands of years, the First Nations owners have gathered to share their knowledge and stories.

We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge the important role they play within our communities. We recognise their long and continuing connection to Country, the lands, winds and waters throughout Australia.  We recognise that these lands have always been places of teaching, researching and learning.


Heartfelt thanks to our partners, especially the schools, principals, teachers and children involved in this project. Without the Education Horizon Grant and support of Education Queensland schools, this project would not have been possible. We also acknowledge the production crew at QUT eMedia who assisted with the production of the videos within the eLearning modules.


To get started on your learning journey head to the E-Learning Page.