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What’s Ketso? A Tool for Researchers, Educators, and Practitioners

Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. 2016;4(2):167


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Journal Title: Journal of Human Sciences and Extension

ISSN: 2325-5226 (Online)

Publisher: Mississippi State University

LCC Subject Category: Education: Special aspects of education

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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James S. Bates (The Ohio State University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 40 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Researchers, educators, and practitioners utilize a range of tools and techniques to obtain data, input, feedback, and information from research participants, program learners, and stakeholders. Ketso is both an array of information gathering techniques and a toolkit (see It “can be used in any situation when people come together to share information, learn from each other, make decisions and plan actions” (Tippett & How, 2011, p. 4). The word ketso means “action” in the Sesotho language, spoken in the African nation of Lesotho where the concept for this instrument was conceived. Ketso techniques fall into the participatory action research family of social science research methods (Tippett, Handley, & Ravetz, 2007). Ohio State University Extension professionals have used the Ketso toolkit and its techniques in numerous settings, including for professional development, conducting community needs/interests assessments, brainstorming, and data collection. As a toolkit, Ketso uses tactile and colorful leaves, branches, and icons to organize and display participants’ contributions on felt mats. As an array of techniques, Ketso is effective in engaging audiences because it is inclusive and provides each participant a platform for their perspective to be shared.