Qualitative Research Methods

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Community-Based Research and Higher Education is the long-awaited guide to how to incorporate a powerful and promising new form of scholarship into academic settings. The book presents a model of community-based research (CBR) that engages community members with students and faculty in the course of their academic work. Unlike traditional academic research, CBR is collaborative and change-oriented and finds its research questions in the needs of communities. This dynamic research model combines classroom learning with social action in ways that can ultimately empower community groups to address their own agendas and shape their own futures. At the same time it emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills that truly prepare students for active civic engagement.


Originally published as:

Paris, Jenell. “Qualitative Research Methods,” in Community-Based Research, Sam Marullo and Kerry Strand, eds., 113-121 (Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 2003).