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Community-Based Qualitative Research
Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences



April 2016 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This practical text integrates theoretical perspectives with guidelines for designing and implementing community-based qualitative research projects. Coverage of participatory research designs and approaches is complemented by chapters on specific aspects of this research process, such as developing relationships and sharing findings to strengthen programs. Included are useful handouts and templates for applying to the reader’s own projects, and end-of-chapter questions for self-reflection and class discussion. Readers will find the book’s engaging case studies, interdisciplinary real-life examples, and insights from project participants as a helpful foundation for future work in the field.

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Preface: Repaying the Sea
 
Part I: Introduction and Background to Community-Based Research
 
1. Theoretical and Conceptual Background
Introduction

 
Learning Goals

 
Introduction to Related Methods

 
Views of Teaching and Learning

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
2. What Is Community-Based Qualitative Research?
Introduction

 
Learning Goals

 
Core Concepts

 
Elements of Community-Based Qualitative Research

 
Community-Based Qualitative Research Models, Projects, and Initiatives

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
3. The Role of the Researcher in Community-Based Qualitative Research
Introduction

 
Learning Objectives

 
Examining Our Own Background, Experiences, Assumptions, and Biases

 
Researcher Ethics and Responsibilities

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
Part II. Project Design, Data Collection, and Analysis
 
4. Project Design
Introduction

 
Learning Objectives

 
Gaining Community Access and Developing Relationships With Community Members and Institutions

 
Identification of Goals and Project Purposes

 
Data Collection in Community-Based Qualitative Research

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
5. Interviewing
Introduction

 
Learning Goals

 
Types of Interviews

 
Writing Interview Guidelines and Questions

 
The Interview

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
6. Observations, Fieldwork, and Other Data Collection
Introduction

 
Learning Goals

 
Observations and Fieldwork

 
Documents, Artifacts, and Visual Data

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
7. Analysis of Data in Community-Based Qualitative Research
Introduction

 
Learning Goals

 
Data Analysis Within Community-Based Qualitative Research Studies

 
Collaboration Within the Analysis Process

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
Part III. Next Steps: From Research to Action
 
8. Write-Up, Dissemination, and Transformation: Building Partnerships, Developing Reciprocal Research Relationships, and Enacting Change
Introduction

 
Learning Goals

 
Reporting Findings From Community-Based Qualitative Research

 
From Research to Action: Using Findings to Develop Programs, Initiatives, and Campaigns

 
Chapter Summary

 
Activities for Reflection and Discussion

 
 
9. Case Studies in Community-Based Qualitative Research
Introduction

 
Proyecto Atabey Intergenerational Mentorship Program for Young Mothers, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School/Lolita Lebron Family Learning Center, Chicago, IL

 
Women + Girls Research Alliance, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

 
InfoMe, University of Washington, Seattle

 

Increased awareness of qualitative community-based research benefits educators and community organizations. This text provides students with a solid understanding of the tenets of CBR and the positive benefits resulting from collaboration between parties interested in positive social change.

Karen I. Case
University of Hartford

This book is a very concise, useful and practical contribution to the field of community education. It is an excellent starting point for launching researchers into addressing community-based problems.

Wendy Griswold
University of Memphis

Community-Based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences provides a unique perspective of collaborating on research projects with the community. Grappling with current issues, this book provides real-world experiences to help conquer these problems.

Christian Winterbottom
University of North Florida

In many overview courses of qualitative research methods, community-based research gets little air time. This text helps fill in the knowledge and experience gaps for faculty and students so they can construct their own community-based class projects in a more thoughtful and reciprocal manner. It also has great learning activities that can be used in the classroom.

Deborah Gioia
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • An interdisciplinary approach draws from a variety of disciplines and areas such as education, anthropology, public health, and community informatics.  
  • Case studies and examples from actual community-based qualitative research projects provide real-life perspectives and insights into the process and include coverage of needed resources, challenges related to the project, and reflections from participants.
  • Handouts support the design and implementation of a community-based qualitative research project and include a field work plan and a form for organizing data coding and analysis.
  • Reflections from students shed light on various aspects of conducting community-based qualitative research projects, including the process of negotiating entry into a community setting and developing rapport with community members.
  • Activities for Reflection and Discussion help readers apply content to the design, development, and implementation of their own projects.
  • Photos from projects that include data examples, as well as "in the field" photographs of community-based research settings and activities bring concepts to life.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3

Chapter 6


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