Community-based Educational Research is:

Research that is defined as a partnership of students and community members who collaboratively engage in research with the purpose of solving a pressing educational problem to generate knowledge, skills and processes that will enhance sustainable learning and development.

As such, the methodology that is most suited is action research that allows us to do research with people, rather than on them. It is crucial for university partners to listen to community and learn how they explain the problem and envisage solutions. Research conducted in this way becomes educative in that participants in the process also learn how to communicate effectively, and improve their self-esteem and confidence and ability to collaborate with others to creative ways to enhance their own lives. It is a holistic process of learning and development.