Community-Based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences

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A New Book by Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson

Community-Based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences  by Laura Ruth Johnson is a practical text that integrates theoretical perspectives with guidelines for designing and implementing community-based qualitative research projects. Coverage of participatory research designs and approaches is complemented by chapters on specific aspects of this research process, such as developing relationships and sharing findings to strengthen programs. Included are useful handouts and templates for applying to the reader’s own projects, and end-of-chapter questions for self-reflection and class discussion. Readers will find the book’s engaging case studies, interdisciplinary real-life examples, and insights from project participants as a helpful foundation for future work in the field.

The book includes examples from the author’s work with teachers, staff, and students at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School/the Lolita Lebron Family Learning Center, and the Proyecto Atabey intergenerational mentorship program for young mothers. Since 2008, Laura has offered a graduate-level community-based research course in Humboldt Park, in partnership with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School; the text features many of the approaches and activities implemented as part of the course, as well as student and community member reflections on the process of conducting research.
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