Personal narrative as a self-reflexive approach to examining how critical pedagogy can foster allies with South African youth in the role of knowledge producers in development
This thesis is an investigation of the use of critical pedagogy methods within the context of international development. It explores a case study of practicing critical pedagogy methods within South Africa from the perspective of a researcher and facilitator, suggesting ways in which these methods enable youth to be in the role of knowledge producers. The researcher uses personal narrative as a self-reflexive approach to examine lessons learned about power, space and facilitation as well as ways to foster allies through practicing participatory action research methods with youth in South Africa. This thesis argues that within international development studies, there is an obligation to adopt personal narrative as a self-reflexive approach in order to improve our understanding of how critical pedagogy provides a method for fostering allies through exposing perspectives on power and relationships in local, context-specific responses with youth in the role of knowledge producers.