Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact (Paperback)
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Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 30/03/2016
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Community Based Research (CBR) refers to collaborative investigation by academics and non-academic community members that fosters positive change on a local level. Despite recent trends towards engaged scholarship, few publications demonstrate how to effectively integrate CBR into academic course work or take advantage of its potential for achieving community change.

Community Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact fills these gaps by providing: an overview of language and methods used by professionals engaged in CBR; a framework for orienting CBR toward concrete community outcomes; effective ways to integrate CBR into course content, student-driven projects, and initiatives spanning disciplines, curricula, campuses and countries; and lessons learned in working towards positive outcomes for students and in communities.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620363560
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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"Never before have the opportunities for campus-community research partnerships been so abundant and diverse. Hospitals, social service agencies, juvenile corrections, education, and health services are just a few of the community-based organizations wanting to measure the validity of their work through outputs, outcomes, and impact. However, these organizations do not usually have staff with the skill-set to develop meaningful research. For years, community-benefit investment was measured by process indicators, such as program attendance, or satisfaction surveys. Speaking from the community, we did not know how to begin, nor have the scientific discipline to reach decision-making indicators, which would lead to change and ultimately, to constructive change over-time.

Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact is like an operation manual to move from the publish-or-perish doctrine to conducting real-world research, which can make significant differences to where you work, live, and play. CBR can be a powerful conduit to improving the well-being of the community, while simultaneously educating all the various individuals engaged in the resolution of an issue or problem. Collaboration, communication, synergism, innovation, respect, and transparency are identified as key components for transformative change on a large scale. The authors drill to the epicenter of identifying targets for change, decisions being made, and moves outward to the valid measurement for long-term, sustainable change within the community."--Margo DeMont, PhD, Executive Director "Community Health Enhancement, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana "
"Community-Based Research would be a good book for faculty members interested in designing CBR projects with students to enhance their learning and help them make connections between theory and practice. It could also help them connect the meta and lived narratives circulating in the literature and public spaces. As Long acknowledges, 'there is still much more work to be done in documenting student outcomes linked to CBR', but this book contributes to this ongoing research. The text is particularly effective in the way it accounts for the unique roles students have played in CBR (e.g., as a change agent, active citizen, allied community member, and co-author). This book would also be a valuable resource for community members, students, and faculty members who want to work in solidarity with one another to strengthen the communities they share. It would also improve the lived conditions of one another and their neighbors both locally and globally."--Teachers College Record
"We highly recommend Beckman and Long's Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact, both to those who are new to CBR as an engaged learning strategy and to experienced practitioners who are seeking fresh ideas. The pairing of two concise theoretical frameworks for planning and conducting CBR projects--the community impact framework and the POWER model--with several case studies involving different settings, diverse issues, and various pedagogical models achieves two important objectives. First, it gives readers a strong sense of the potential power of CBR as an engaged learning strategy that is capable of simultaneously enriching the student learning experience and producing meaningful benefits for community partners. Second, it gives readers sufficient grounding in the realities of CBR as an engaged learning strategy to make informed choices about how to design their own efforts."--Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

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