ERIC Number: EJ1139039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
What Does It Mean for Something to Be "Scientific"? Community Understandings of Science, Educational Attainment, and Community Representation among a Sample of 25 CBPR Projects
Spears Johnson, Chaya R.; Kraemer Diaz, Anne E.; Arcury, Thomas A.
Health Education & Behavior, v44 n2 p271-277 Apr 2017
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) seeks to conduct relevant, sustainable research that is tailored to the needs of the communities with which it is engaged through equitable collaboration between community representatives and professional researchers. Like other participatory approaches to research and planning, CBPR has been criticized for the potential to engage a biased sample of community representatives and, thereby, undermine the fundamental purpose of the approach. Moreover, the varying educational levels and areas of expertise, especially regarding science literacy, among those participating in CBPR has raised concern about the ability for true collaboration to exist within CBPR projects. This article presents findings from a qualitative study of 25 CBPR research projects and explores matters of science literacy, community representation, and the nature of CBPR. Ultimately, it is suggested that those who engage in CBPR should carefully consider the potential for biased community representation and seek to purposely and mindfully avoid any partiality.
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Community Involvement, Research Projects, Qualitative Research, Scientific Literacy, Educational Attainment, Disproportionate Representation, Participant Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R21ES020967