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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

  • ?



Community based research with students

Dawne Clark, PhD

Centre for Child Well-Being

Mount Royal University

www.mtroyal.ca/wellbeing