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



© 2017 | 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  
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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