This practical text 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.

Case Studies in Community-Based Qualitative Research

Introduction

This chapter includes case study examples of a few ongoing CBQR studies as a way of providing insight into the design and implementation of specific projects, as well as to share some of the successes and challenges entailed in conducting these sorts of projects. Examples include a small-scale project undertaken by a single faculty member in collaboration with an alternative high school, focused on intergenerational mentoring for young mothers in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago; a broad University initiative that provides research funding and supports projects for women and girls in Charlotte, North Carolina; and an innovative research program that explores and facilitates ethnic minority immigrant youth in their roles as technological intermediaries. Within each case study, ...

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