2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Using Critical and Indigenous Methodology Scholarship in a Research Study Design Course

Jessica E. Salvador (College of Education)

The presentation will describe the pedagogical approaches used in teaching a Critical Qualitative Methods course and its impact on students’ learning and decision-making in designing a Social Science research study. This pilot course was designed for undergraduate students who were ready to start designing a research study in a Social Science field and had prior knowledge in their research topic of interest. The course sought to enhance students’ understanding of how to design a qualitative research study that is ethical, feasible, and appropriate for the community or population within which or with whom they would like to conduct their study. To accomplish this, a combination of traditional research framework design and contemporary conceptual literature in critical and indigenous methodology provided the foundation for this course. Qualitative methodologies were critically examined in relation to theory, method and practice with an emphasis on understanding researcher positionality. Assignments were designed to provide scaffolding of student learning about essential practices in designing a research study.

To understand how the course and the use of assignments and literature impacted students’ learning and decisions in designing their research studies, I assessed student’s portfolios, proposals and invited students to respond to an online survey. The survey addressed the impact of assignments and readings on their learning and the impact of the course in general on their development as a qualitative researcher. Reviewing students’ portfolios and proposals provided an opportunity to observe how the course’s objectives were conveyed in students’ methodological decisions in their work. The presentation will also provide an opportunity to engage with those attending about additional pedagogical methods and class activities that may enhance the use of critical and indigenous methodologies to promote students’ learning of responsible and ethical practices in designing and conducting research studies.



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