• valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Divya, in considering Donia’s comment, go back to the CEnR approach you chose (CBPR, PAR). For this assignment, that should guide the involvement and decision-making power of the community- and academic-based researchers. Outside the course, you could choose not to conduct the study within one of those frameworks.

  • Many argue that it is an ethical obligation to ensure that research findings are disseminated in a timely, understandable and responsible manner to those who could benefit from the knowledge. Yet, despite the […]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    The visual is really helpful! It is great to see your research coming together. A couple questions for you – Why did you select PAR over CBPR? As you are thinking about ethical considerations – might the teacher/researchers have any concerns about talking about needed supports? Would they worry for their jobs/promotions/relationships with more…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Serra, I have a hypothetical question for you. You have identified existing measures. There are of course many benefits to using them, as you already know. In CBPR, university- and community-based researchers share the power (among other things). How do you foresee handling (here is the hypothetical part) concerns from community-based researchers…[Read more]

    • Well, your first question actually isn’t too hypothetical as we have already engaged in one round of in-depth discussion about the balance between gaining information on child outcomes and overburdening teachers and children to the point that the Reggio-Emilia (child-driven) curricular approach is compromised. I think as our project continues we…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Kate, very clear and compelling needs statement. Great use of graphics to show the data. Strong community engagement approach. The video statement conveys your understanding of and comfort with your topic.

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Carolyn,

    Your current questions seem to be rather descriptive. How will that description add to the literature base? Given the links you have provided, it seems as if there is a reasonable description/understanding of the life histories etc. What is the next critical question that needs to be asked? How might you develop that question with the…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Divya, such a thorough discussion of how CBPR is a valuable method for this research question! What are your thoughts on the value of this over PAR? As you are thinking about “parents”, who exactly are you considering? Parents of a certain SES? This may influence the ethical considerations in addition to your recruitment and sampling. Is it (or…[Read more]

    • Thanks Valerie. I did think about PAR vs CBPR for this topic. I concluded CBPR is a better fit for a few reasons- PAR would be a good option if we were already an established partnership and parent partners were keen on/ had determined a course of action. PAR would also be suitable for partner initiated topics. PAR is new territory for me compared…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Jamie, the table comparison of CBPR and PAR is a helpful format. The clarity would be enhanced by visually aligning the similar or parallel aspects of each; thereby highlighting what is the same and what is different (what is different btw?). Is there an intellectual tradition in educational or international research that best aligns with CBPR or…[Read more]

    • Valerie,
      Thank you for the feedback and I agree I need to go back and highlight the differences between the two approaches.

      As I continue to collaborate with other IB workshop leaders and teachers I see the potential for having “local” leaders in specific regions. This would be helpful, as they can translate documents or responses into the…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Donia brings up an interesting point – your statement of need does seem to be grounded in the research/perspective that high stakes testing is bad. As a researcher, it will be important to go into the process with an open mind for how the parents may think about testing. With that being said, this is a compelling needs statement with a CEnR…[Read more]

    • Thank you, Valerie. I agree about approaching this with an open mind. In fact, I want invite partners with diverse views- it is much needed because the press articles often represent negative views about standardized testing in general. I think it is safe to focus on high stakes testing being bad, but I need to do a better job of clarifying that…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    You bring up important points about which community is involved and mention several (e.g. low and high resource, business)? Who would you invite to the first meetings? Be thinking about how you will help the community-based researchers/developers learn the necessary skills to participate fully.

    Also, it is very powerful to have a kid…[Read more]

    • Thank you for the post. I think I would go through the local school(s) and their Parent Teacher associations. Parents who are involved in the school are usually deeply involved in the community as well.

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Donia, you have definitely provided a compelling statement of need (in your post and in the video). You describe, and effectively link to, evidence that there is a need for more support for early career teachers. Since that seems to be relatively well-established, push yourself to develop a research question(s) that build off that knowledge base.…[Read more]

    • I’ve been thinking about that. As I consider using PAR, I would like to empower new teachers to take ownership of their experience instead of relying on traditional school leadership (not a mutiny!). The question that is driving me is: How can new teachers take an active role in their own professional improvement? Maybe they know best what they…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Jamie,

    Such a compelling statement of need (particularly the video). The question that popped into my head went something like this, “does she mean alllllll the countries?” and then the other one went something like this, “how will she connect with teachers internationally as research partners?”. Perhaps the research partnership is really with…[Read more]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Such a compelling video statement! I almost pulled out my wallet right here to fund the research (more metaphorically, of course)! Your questions about how to effectively partner using a CEnR approach are spot-on. But don’t be dismayed by the fact that you are not starting from scratch from the very beginning. This is how these things often go -…[Read more]

    • The questions I’m posing probably reflect more excitement about next steps on my part than feeling dismayed. 🙂 I wish my community partners were taking this course with me! Talk about a powerful way to collaboratively get things off the ground!

  • In one of our readings, The Power and the Promise: Working With Communities to Analyze Data, Interpret Findings, and Get to Outcomes, the authors state that the “lessons [from the case studies] underscore the […]

  • High 5 for week 5! This week we will learn about community-engaged research design and methods. While there are many methods that can be used for community-engaged research, we are focusing on two of the most […]

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    This is the half-way point in the course. Wow. As a connected learning course, it is structured to be interest-driven and open. How have you taken advantage of the opportunity? How have you supported the […]

  • Your research proposals are coming along nicely. You have each selected topics that appear to be valuable to your discipline and to the community. You are becoming more adept at using the blog format to share your […]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    The idea of creating a strong connection with the schools and health care from early on is compelling. I do wonder about the timing. What does the research say about that time of life? I’m imagining new parents juggling everything that comes with just giving birth and wondering if that is an impactful time for parents to be thinking about school.…[Read more]

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    This third week of Collaborative Curiosity is intended to help you explore the spectrum of community-engaged research. Since a large part of your graded work for this course is the development of a […]

  • valerieholton posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    How terrible. Just terrible. There are no words, and there are really no good answers for the question you pose. I think a lot about professional boundaries as a social worker. I pose these questions to you for your consideration if you as still thinking about proposing a research study related to mental health and suicide:

    Can you, at this…[Read more]

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