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As called upon by The Research University Community Engagement Network (TRUCEN), the scholarship of engagement is an opportunity for faculty and staff to engage communities in their scholarly research. Below are resources from TRUCEN, and descriptions of Community-Based Research. Should you have any questions about incorporating the scholarship of engagement or service learning in your courses, please contact us.
Two examples of Community-Based Research are below:
Participatory Action Research (PAR) strategies involve the participants as co-researchers. Unlike the top-down – researcher as one with the knowledge – in this method, the participant is seen as a contributor to the research process.
PAR is collaborative, critical, participatory, and developmental. It:
Participatory Photo Mapping (PPM) is a transdisciplinary community-based research methodology that integrates digital tools, narrative interviewing, and participatory protocols for knowledge production (Dennis, Gaulocher, Carpiano, & Brown, 2009). In this method, community members are provided with digital camera and GIS Units. They take pictures of some aspect of their community where change is needed. Next, the photos become the object of interviews that are attached to particular images. The third step entails a mapping of the images with the GIS data. Finally, action items are developed by the participants and presented to policy makers (Dennis et al. p. 468). In sum, this is a method that can engage people in research about their lived experiences. Both qualitative and quantitative data emanates from this methodology.