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STYS3B3 Community-Based Qualitative Research 5 ECTS
Periods
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
English
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Programme in Social Work
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Goals:

1) To learn about the values and principles of collaborative partnerships in research with community organizations,
2) To critically reflect on the potential and significance of community-based research and collaborative work with community organizations
3) To learn how to plan a community based project in partnership with a community organization in human services work.
4) To develop a small proposal for a community-based research project that uses qualitative research methodology and methods.

General description

Course Syllabus

Community-based, Participative Qualitative Research is an innovative course that builds on qualitative research to add a community focus that can engage organizations and people meaningfully as partners in research projects that are of interest and significance to them. The community partners add their ideas to the research design and collaborate with the student or academic researchers to develop a project that will be of use to both. In many cases such research may be for a graduate student’s research project or a degree, a faculty member’s community project work and may add to a community organization’s knowledge about how to carry out evaluation of programs and services or to assess needs for new or better services. The course will not enable students to go beyond developing an idea for a research project but it will provide information on how community-based qualitative research could be useful and applied in community projects. Often such projects can also be stimulating and empowering for those who participate.  

There will be some short class lectures, video clips, small group and class discussions and experiential activities during each of the class sessions. 

Enrolment for University Studies

The course is aimed at students who have prior knowledge of qualitative research. It is suitable for students who are completing their intermediate studies, or doing advanced or PhD studies.

Enrolment time has expired

Teachers

Tuula Heinonen (University of Manitoba, Canada), Teacher responsible
Anna Metteri, Contact person
Anna.Metteri[├Ąt]uta.fi

Teaching

18-Apr-2018 – 25-Apr-2018
Lectures
Wed 18-Apr-2018 at 9.00-12, Linna 6017
Thu 19-Apr-2018 at 9.00-12, Linna 6017
Fri 20-Apr-2018 at 9.00-12, Linna 6017
Mon 23-Apr-2018 at 9.00-12, Linna 6017
Tue 24-Apr-2018 at 9.00-12, Linna 6031
Wed 25-Apr-2018 at 9.00-12, Linna 6017

Study materials

7 Course Readings (as given below  under each class session)

Aldred, R. (2009). From community participation to organizational therapy? World café and appreciative inquiry as research methods. Community Development Journal, 46(1), 57-71.

Andrews, J., Newman, S., Meadows, O., Cox, M., & Bunting, S. (2012). Partnership readiness for community-based participatory research. Health Education Research, 27(4), 55-571.

Dunlap, C. (2008). Effective evaluation through appreciative inquiry. Performance Improvement, 47(2), 23-29.

Foster, J., Chiang, F., Burgos, R., Cáceres, R., Tejada, C., Almonte, A., Noboa, F., Perez, L., Urbaez, M., & Heath, A. (2012). Community-based participatory research and the challenges of qualitative analysis enacted by lay, nurse, and academic researchers. Research in Nursing & Health, 35, 550-559.

Hergenrather, K., Rohdes, S., Cowan, C. Bardhoshi, G., & Pula, S. (2009). Photovoice as community-based participatory research: A qualitative review. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(6), 686-698.

Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Cohen, A., Chassler, D., & Horowitz, A. (2011). Modifications of evidence-based practices in community-based addiction treatment organizations: A qualitative research study. Addictive Behaviours, 36, 630-635.

Hughes, M. (2012). Unitary appreciative inquiry (UAI): A new approach for researching social work education and practice. British Journal of Social Work, 42, 1388-1405.

Daily Schedule, Activities and Readings [Dates can be negotiated]

Class Session 1: Wednesday, April 18, 2018—Introduction; Review of Concepts; Community-based and participative research principles and methods

Reading: Andrews, J., Newman, S., Meadows, O., Cox, M., & Bunting, S. (2012). Partnership readiness for community-based participatory research. Health Education Research, 27(4), 55-571.

Class Session 2: Thursday, April 19, 2018—Qualitative research in community-based projects

Reading: Foster, J., Chiang, F., Burgos, R., Cáceres, R., Tejada, C., Almonte, A., Noboa, F., Perez, L., Urbaez, M., & Heath, A. (2012). Community-based participatory research and the challenges of qualitative analysis enacted by lay, nurse, and academic researchers. Research in Nursing & Health, 35, 550-559.

Class Session 3: Friday, April 20, 2018—Potential and possibility in community-based participative research 

Reading: Hergenrather, K., Rohdes, S., Cowan, C. Bardhoshi, G., & Pula, S. (2009). Photovoice as community-based participatory research: A qualitative review. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(6), 686-698.

Hughes, M. (2012). Unitary appreciative inquiry (UAI): A new approach for researching social work education and practice. British Journal of Social Work, 42, 1388-1405.

Class Session 4: Monday, April 23, 2018—Challenges and considerations in implementing community-based research

Reading: Aldred, R. (2009). From community participation to organizational therapy? World café and appreciative inquiry as research methods. Community Development Journal, 46(1), 57-71.

Class Session 5: Tuesday, April 24, 2018—Implementing a proposal for community-based, participatory qualitative research with a community organization or group

Reading: Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Cohen, A., Chassler, D., & Horowitz, A. (2011). Modifications of evidence-based practices in community-based addiction treatment organizations: A qualitative research study. Addictive Behaviours, 36, 630-635.

Dunlap, C. (2008). Effective evaluation through appreciative inquiry. Performance Improvement, 47(2), 23-29.

Class Session 6: Wednesday, April 25, 2018-- Proposal outline presentations

Further information

Assignments:

1) Short paper of 5 pages thoughtfully and critically discussing two readings (assigned articles or others related to students’ research interest and the course content) community-based, participatory qualitative research methods and issues related to implementation. Include a brief summary of what each reading is about and say how the research was enhanced or limited by a community-based and/or qualitative approach. Also give your opinion on what might have been done differently for a better outcome.  (50 points).

2) Group presentation consisting of an outline and short description of a community-based, participatory qualitative research project your group might be interested in carrying out. This presentation will be given with your group on the last day of the course. Describe why the research would be useful, what it would show and how a community-based participatory approach could be more successful and promising. Also mention some possible ethical or other challenges and how you would manage these in carrying out this research project (35 points). 

3) Five to three page paper describing what you learned about conducting a community-based project, including the challenges and rewards that you might experience (15 points).

Students need to attend each session as course learning is heavily weighted toward group and classroom discussions, which cannot be substituted through other work outside the classroom. The total possible grade for completion of the course and assignments is 5 ECTs.