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ERIC Number: EJ834013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1524-0754
Resilient Partners: The Development of a University-Community Collaboration to Promote Wellness for Head Start Children and Families
Mendez, Julia L.; Lloyd, Blake Te'Neil
NHSA Dialog, v8 n1 p36-55 Mar 2005
This paper describes a theoretically driven approach uniquely suited for the development of research partnerships between university teams and local communities serving children enrolled in Head Start programs. A literature review on dimensions of successful research partnerships provides a backdrop for presenting the Resilience Partnership-Directed Approach (RPA) to conducting wellness research, with a specific emphasis on issues that arise when working with ethnic minority populations. RPA involves four stages that capture the evolution of collaborative research initiatives involving university-based research teams and community partners. Key methods and expected outcomes for each stage are reviewed and examples from a parent involvement project illustrate how attention to core processes of collaboration can produce data that benefit both the practitioner and research communities. The paper concludes with recommendations regarding the use of RPA and a discussion of a research partnership's effects on training for undergraduate and graduate students. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A