This course is designed to provide the skill set for students looking to affect lasting change through their work. This course is organized to help students develop appropriate research methods to examine how, where, and why knowledge is created and shared in their community. The focused of this course is an advanced orientation to Participatory Action Research but other research methods, such as Archival Research, Oral History, and Literary Analysis will be introduced as possible research tools for students to deepen their understanding of how lasting impact occurs as well as data interpretation and acquisition. Students may work together in cohort groups to think about the factors that have shaped their fields of study and practice and in the planning of a culminating public Town Hall on their research undertakings.
Enrollment in Charter Oak’s partnership program with College Unbound. Completion of Cornerstone Course. The College Unbound program is a competency-based program that is a hybrid of on-site cohort support/online course system. With that, course materials are delivered online, but students are frequently asked to engage with fellow students and their communities’ in-person.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the key features of Participatory Action Research (PAR) and determine how to tailor PAR practices to a particular worksite.
- Apply PAR theories of power and influence to identify key stakeholders for an action research project.
- Implement the theories and practices of Participatory Action Research and other relevant research methods.
- Apply these theories to 'map' how and where decision-making happens in their field.
- Determine a research question that defines the problem or issue and guides the research process for an ongoing project.
- Conduct a preliminary literature review of the concepts comprising the research question.
- Facilitate a discussion among stakeholders evaluating an action research project's implementation and sustainability.
- Apply and properly use the principal research terms in the field, both historical and contemporaneous.
- Develop new research questions in response to findings from field activities, and from examining perspectives and scholarship from the student's major field.
- Select and use multiple information resources in different media and evaluate the relative merits of competing resources.
- Compose an action research project portfolio based on his/her field-based work, integrating feedback from peers and instructor and applying participatory action research theory.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Readings, Postings and Class Participation
Recorded and Posted Town Hall Meeting
Portfolio of Knowledge Creation
- Stoeker, Randy, “Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach.” SAGE Publications, Inc, 2012. ISBN: 1412994055
- Julio Cammarota and Michelle Fine, “Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion”. This publication is located at this link.
- Scientifically Based Research in Education: Epistemology and Ethics by Elizabeth St. Pierre. Adult Education Quarterly 2006
- Michael Edwards Looking back from 2046: Thoughts on the 80th Anniversary of the Institute for Revolutionary Social Science., Keynote Address, 40th anniversary of the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK (www.ids.ac.uk)
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Introduction of Course Themes and Complementary
Connecting Readings to Project Development
Posting resources and reflections from Learning Team to Professor for Feedback
Project Update due to Professor
Debriefs, Common Questions, New Reading/ Resource in Response
Portfolio Update and Peer Feedback
Project Update and Town Hall
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.