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Community-based Research with Students. Bow Valley College June 7, 2010 Dawne Clark, PhD Mount Royal University Centre for Child Well-Being. What is Community-based Research?. My definition – community-based research: is housed in the community

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community based research with students

Community-based Research with Students

Bow Valley College

June 7, 2010

Dawne Clark, PhD

Mount Royal University

Centre for Child Well-Being

what is community based research
What is Community-based Research?
  • My definition – community-based research:
    • is housed in the community
    • is mutually beneficial (faculty, students, community)
    • supports community needs
    • enhances student learning
    • impacts curriculum
supporting community needs
Supporting Community Needs
  • Agencies seeking to improve their practice
    • Program evaluations
    • Needs assessments
    • Community scans
  • Few in-house resources
    • Lack capacity
    • Staff too busy
enhancing student learning
Enhancing Student Learning
  • Engages students in practical experiential learning
  • Teaches skills
  • Builds confidence and awareness
  • Increases students’ employability and career satisfaction
impacts curriculum
Impacts Curriculum
  • Cycles new knowledge from projects back into curriculum
  • Enhances and supports faculty knowledge and skills
  • Builds strong connections with community
an example
An Example

Physical Activity For Preschool Children

year one
Year One

Questions:

  • How much physical activity do children in group care settings in Calgary have each day?
  • What are caregivers’ attitudes

towards physical activity

for children?

what we did
What We Did
  • Child Studies students framed the research
    • Literature review
    • Research question
    • Surveys
    • Ethics application
  • ELCC students
    • Explored issue of physical activity
    • Collected data
year two
Year Two

How to support caregivers to provide more physical activity or preschool children?

  • 35 ELCC 2nd year students (Play 3)
    • Created activities to support physical activities
  • 40 ELCC 1st year students (Practicum) and 3 CHST students
      • Piloted, revised, and refined activities
results from year two
Results from Year Two
  • Resource manual
  • Workshops for caregivers
  • Changes in ELCC curriculum!
  • Involvement
    • 8 faculty from 3 programs
    • 150 students (ELCC, CHST, COMM)
    • 110 child care centres

http://www.mtroyal.ca/wcm/groups/public/documents/pdf/hop_skip_and_jump_completed_pd.pdf

year three
Year Three
  • Students helped to revise resource manual
    • Adaptations and extensions
    • Injury prevention and safety
  • Student conference presentations
  • Students co-authored articles
results to date
Results to Date
  • Change in ELCC curriculum at MRU
  • Second edition of resource manual

(July 2010)

  • 120/150 child care centres in Calgary thinking about and planning for physical activity
in the works
In the Works
  • Cultural understandings and expectations of physical activity for preschool children
    • ELCC –cultural awareness – staff and children
    • CHST – survey of new Canadian parents
    • ELCC and CHST – creating brochures for families
  • Policy
    • Working with AELCS to add examples into accreditation self-study
how to sustain change
How to Sustain Change?
  • Education – caregivers, owners/operators, licensing officers, students, faculty
  • Resources - equipment, materials, and space
  • Policy – develop activity guidelines and add to accreditation standards
why is this project working
Why is this Project Working?
  • Grass roots engagement
    • Students, caregivers, owners/operators
  • System support
    • MRU faculty
    • Children and Youth Services
    • Alberta Health Services
    • ASRWPF, Canada Sport for Life
    • Health Quality Council of Alberta
    • AB Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
  • Useful end products
    • Resource manual and workshops
how to become involved in community based research
How to Become Involved in Community-based Research
  • Ask questions
  • Pursue improvement
  • Seek partners
  • Advocate for change
    • systemic
    • policy
    • in-house
  • ?
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Dawne Clark, PhD

Centre for Child Well-Being

Mount Royal University

www.mtroyal.ca/wellbeing

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