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ERIC Number: EJ1096918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Listening to Community Voices: Community-Based Research, a First Step in Partnership and Outreach
Heffner, Gail Gunst; Zandee, Gail Landheer; Schwander, Lissa
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v8 n1 p127-139 2003
This paper offers some historical perspective on alternative research traditions and discusses some of the basic principles of community-based research as a tool for partnership development. The authors then describe an example of how Calvin College, a Christian comprehensive liberal arts college has used a multi-disciplinary approach in developing community partnerships. Faculty and researchers from different departments and diverse community partners have worked together to engage in participatory action research in one particular neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Specific techniques for community-based research are discussed as well as lessons learned and obstacles overcome as we have sought to listen carefully to community voices and to deepen our scholarship of engagement in significant ways. Community-based research can be a bridge between the academy and the community, providing a forum for building relationships, learning from one another, and working together for social change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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