ERIC Number: EJ1159169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Togetherness, Teamwork and Challenges: "Reflections on Building an Inclusive Research Network"
Riches, Tanya N.; O'Brien, Patricia M.
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v45 n4 p274-281 Dec 2017
Background: This article presents a case study of the Centre for Disability Studies' Inclusive Research Network. The network is a dynamic group of around fifteen people who have intellectual and other disabilities, support workers and university researchers. Methods: The study was based upon an evaluation of the group's research practice, as demonstrated by their work together over the last 7 years. Network members created focus groups to outline the process of their research. These reflections formed the basis of a presentation video recorded for the 50th anniversary of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities conference. The video outlined the groups' understanding of "inclusive research." A transcript of the script was used to analyse and reflect upon the group's processes. Thus, this article outlines inclusive research from the perspective of network members, evaluated against the founding principles of inclusive research presented in Johnson and Walmsley (2003)'s well-known volume. Results: The network member's answers show consistency with these principles developed by Johnson and Walmsley. Themes identified were the need for "teamwork" and "challenges" in following these principles. Conclusion: In defining what inclusive research is and what makes research "inclusive," the answers highlight the relational dynamics between the team members, and need to continually work on "togetherness." The affective connection between researchers is to them a highly significant part of what is considered successful inclusive research, particularly for coresearchers with intellectual disabilities. This article suggests the affective dimension may be undervalued in the current literature. [The article was also written by The CDS Inclusive Research Network.]
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Case Studies, Developmental Disabilities, Focus Groups, Reflection, Teamwork, Inclusion, Research
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