What is TPAR?
The purpose of TPAR is really to provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their understanding of their students, their families, and the communities in which they teach. The application of TPAR has three aims:
- To understand the issues and experiences of our students to become responsive.
- To co-generate with students a pedagogical approach that centers wellness.
- To become more than just a research project for our students, but rather to become a means to build relationships with them and with each other.
In doing TPAR, and providing an example of how we did TPAR on the wellness of youth, we hope to model how this journey can grow a deepened sense of purpose, curiosity, relevance, social awareness, self-awareness, and direction.