Foundations of Community Based Research
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This course will provide an overview of current and past research projects in the field of CD and examine how this research has informed and shaped best practices for CD. Discussing the characteristics of CD research, those who perform it and the gatekeepers who regulate it, will help the student to understand the many factors that influence the quality and character of development research. Identifying how community research can be strengthened through research partnerships, supported through increasing community research capacity, and enhanced through participatory action research will be explored. Challenges and issues associated with community-based research will be investigated including the debate between “insider” and “outsider” led research, the power gradients that exist in the research process and the realities of data collection across different cultures. Ethical issues associated with the research process and the need to appreciate the various cultural nuances inherent in fieldwork situations will be discussed.
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