The Youth Action Research Institute in Hartford, Connecticut, has coordinated student-led research projects focused on schools and education for many years.
In 2007, four school districts participated in a student action research program as part of the Education and Advocacy Project. This program is a model program that engages students in identifying and researching issues that affect the quality of education in their schools and elsewhere in the state. The program, for fifth and six graders, has nine teachers participating who are integrating student driven action research into their classrooms using cooperative learning methods into core curricular activities.
The project’s methods and goals include assessing the effects of PAR on students, educators, and the overall school communities involved. (Berg, 2007)