November 19-20, 2010
NVivo8 Training Workshop
A helpful tool for any researcher, NVivo8 is a powerful computer program that allows data analysis to be at the fingertips of the researcher.This training workshop hosted by the arm lab will focus on how the program works, participants will have the opportunity to experience using the program, and there will be a discussion among participants over the impact on methodology this program affords. The workshop takes place from 10:00am-4:00pm on November 19th and 20th. Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP your attendance today! Contact Sandra Spickard Prettyman if you have any questions or would like additional information. firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 24-27, 2010
Como se dice: Opportunity!
Recently, undergraduate CBRSL researchers, Michael Vimont, Mary Benedetto and Elisa Marchione, had the amazing opportunity to travel to the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Merida, Mexico to present their course-based study on food insecurities in an urban elementary school.
March 2, 2010
Story Circle Workshop
Social scientist Theresa Holden will hold a workshop on the Story Circle Method; how and why using story circles could be beneficial in research. There will also be information on Collabortaive Inquiry. Theresa Holden is co-founder of this method and space is limited! The workshop will take place on March 2, 2010 from3:00-5:00pm in Olin 273.
October 23, 2009
ARM Project Consortium Meeting
Consortium members Dr. Pat Hill and Dr. Sandra Spickard Prettyman will lead presentations on Methods Training from 11:00am-12:00pm on Friday October 23. There will be a meeting following from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Lunch will be provided at this event. Please RVSP your attendance by Thursday, October 15, 2009.
November 17-18th, 2009
Visit from Expert in Social Network Analysis
Associate Professor of Public Health from the University of Florida, Chris McCarty, is to visit the Arm Project! A seminar on freelisting and consensus analysis will be held November 17th from 5:00-7:00pm and a workshop entitled: "Social Network Analysis: the Nuts and Bolts" will be held November 18th from 9:00am-5:00pm. This workshop will focus on social networking analysis as well as the use of UCINET and Egonet. This workshop is free of charge but space is limited and RSVP is required. RSVP to Carolyn Behrman: (330) 972-6695 or email@example.com.
November 20-21, 2009
NVivo8 Training Workshop
A helpful tool for any researcher, NVivo8 is a powerful computer program that allows data analysis to be at the fingertips of the researcher. This training workshop hosted by the arm lab will focus on how the program works, participants will have the opportunity to experience using the program, and there will be a discussion among participants over the impact on methodology this program affords. The workshop takes place from 10:00am-4:00pm on November 20th and 21st. Space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP your attendance today! Contact Teresa Huzyak if you have any questions or would like additional information. firstname.lastname@example.org
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May 26, 2009
Community-based Research and Service-Learning
Visiting Researchers: Public School 5th Grade Math Team
By Carolyn Behrman
The ARM Project hosted a team of 5th graders who worked as Research Partners on Food for Thought III, a study of urban children and food insecurity. The 5th graders joined University of Akron’s (Anthropology) Field Research Methods students in conducting the research in March and April 2009 and came to UA campus to discuss research findings. The 5th graders worked as teammates with UA undergraduates collecting data on 4th grade food consumption in the cafeteria. In addition to planning data collection with the UA students, the 5th graders exercised their skills in weights and measures and practiced their calculation of fractions and percentages. The data set they produced was so strong that we hope to submit findings to a peer-reviewed journal this Summer.
On May 26th, in addition to reviewing and discussing the analysis of their research, the 5th graders, who had expressed an interest in Engineering, were treated to an incredible Engineering Odyssey thanks to the University of Akron’s Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL). It included a tour of the new stadium (under construction) and discussion of run-off with Dr. Chris Miller of Civil Engineering; an introduction to Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Dr. Jerry Drummond; and a window into Chemical Engineering from ITL director Dr. Helen Qammar. They saw prize-winning light aircraft and high-mileage cars, were introduced to fundamental chemical engineering principles and the tools engineers use to explore some of them. They learned about how math and science education can lead to exciting, creative work in these fields and left the University tired but exhilarated.
November 20-22, 2008
Daniela Jauk’s Presentation of Methods Training
Sociology Graduate Student, Dani Jauk, attended the 4th International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry (May 14 to 17th 2008) and gave a presentation to the ARM Consortium based on that experience. In her presentation, Jauk describes her training in narrative text coding and art-based methods. She feels these methods "push the boundaries" in an interdisciplinary international setting. The experience gave her new ideas for her own research but also for teaching qualitative methods (e.g. coding of visual material in groups). Her presentation is available in .pdf format here.
November 20-22, 2008
Visiting Expert: Dr. Kathy Charmaz
By Teresa Huzyak
The Active Research Methods Project hosted the Research and Methods Forum November 20, 2008, through November 22, 2008. During the three-day event, there were a number of sessions aimed at advancing and enriching the participants’ research skills and interests.
Participants received instruction regarding Internal Review Board certification processes from Sharon McWhorter, from the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs. In addition, attendees listened to a talk by Dr. Kathy Feltey, associate professor of sociology, about mixing qualitative and quantitative methods and autoethnography. Dani Jauk, a doctoral student in the department of sociology, gave participants a glimpse into her experience at the The Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Finally, participants in the research methods forum took part in instruction on the techniques of grounded theory methods with Dr. Kathy Charmaz.
Dr. Kathy Charmaz, a professor of sociology at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, provided participants with instruction on the techniques of grounded theory and provided opportunities to practice the techniques. In addition, Dr. Charmaz and participants engaged in a dialogue about the process of using grounded theory techniques in their own research to the benefit of all present. Among the participants were faculty and students from colleges and departments across The University of Akron. Not only did participants gain new research skills and strengthen existing skills, they were also able to engage with other members of a developing community of research methods practitioners at The University of Akron.
The Research Methods Forum would not have been possible without the support of colleges and departments across The University of Akron. These generous supporters included: the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Nursing, the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, the Department of Sociology, and the Institute of Teaching and Learning.
September 16, 2008
Visiting Expert: Dr. Matthew Lee
Dr. Lee will be presenting preliminary findings from a multi-method project designed to address the following question: "To what extent can emotionally powerful experiences of a 'divine flame of love' move us beyond our ordinary self-interests and help us express unconditional, unlimited love for all others, especially when our human capacities seem to reach their limits?" The answer to this question requires an investigation of Godly Love, which is defined as the dynamic interaction between divine and human love that enlivens and expands benevolence. This perceived interaction provides the framework for a scholarly investigation of the Great Commandment: love God and love neighbor as self. This research project is a three-year collaborative effort by researchers at the University of Akron and The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
October 29, 2007
Visiting Expert: Dr. Kathleen de Marrais
By Teresa Huzyak
The ARM Project hosted its first “Visiting Expert Event” on October 29, 2007. Dr. Kathleen de Marrais is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Georgia.
The three day visit included a public talk co-hosted by the ARM Project and the University of Akron’s Institute for Teaching and Learning. Additionally, Dr. de Marrais consulted with the ARM Project directors on curriculum development and ARM Project goals and organization. She also met individually with faculty and students to discuss their own research projects and how to most effectively utilize qualitative and bridging methods in their work.
Dr. de Marrais’ public talk was entitled “Preparing Qualitative Researchers: Reflections on Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We Could Be Going.” During the talk, Dr. de Marrais presented material on the current state of qualitative research curricula, and how they might be improved. This portion of the presentation was particularly informative given that one of the three main goals of the ARM Project is to develop undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Qualitative Methods. Specifically, Dr. de Marrais touched on topics that included: how best to improve the state of qualitative research beginning with student training; how best to structure courses and course work to better prepare qualitative researchers; and finally, how to make qualitative research more accessible to the general public in order to promote continued qualitative research.