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The ACTIVE RESEARCH METHODS (ARM) Project’s goal is to advance the teaching of research methods for the study of human behavior. The ARM Project reaches across disciplines and beyond the simplistic qualitative/quantitative dichotomy to 1) foster communication among teachers and scholars, 2) improve access to new research methods and pedagogy, and 3) create a laboratory space and support community-based research and service-learning initiatives so that undergraduate and graduate students can gain first-hand experience with research design, data collection and management and data analysis.

The ACTIVE RESEARCH METHODS (ARM) Lab is located on the second floor of Olin Hall (East Side of Campus) in room 273 across the hall from the Department of Classical Studies, Anthropology & Archaeology.

If you have any questions regarding the lab please contact Carolyn Behrman.

The ARM Teach Laboratory and Classroom were officially opened on Thursday, October 18th.  The Open House was attended by administrators, faculty and students from five colleges. 
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The ARM Consortium has been created to promote interaction among researchers and scholars across disciplines.  Coming from anthropology, sociology, education, political science, statistics, communications, law, and nursing, these faculty and students form a community of researchers interested in understanding and integrating a range of research methods in their teaching and their research projects.

Founding consortium members receive grants to support external methods training which they bring back to the community in open colloquia.

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The ARM Project seeks to institutionalize its efforts by creating graduate and undergraduate certificates in research methods.  Relying on community-based research and service-learning as core elements, we are developing two new interdisciplinary courses, and working together to align and improving existing courses.  Our goal is to engage students across disciplines in the use of a range of methods in their course work and to challenge them to undertake research more independently.

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The ARM teaching laboratory, built in 2007, is a state-of-the-art facility that supports undergraduate and graduate research methods classes. It also is used as a training space for students research-assistants and serves faculty and students developing and testing instruments for data collection in their research projects.  The lab has an interviewing room with one-way window for hands-on experience with data collection.  The lab’s main room is designed to facilitate teaching with large tables and boards as well as computer stations.  These are equipped with a range of software to support data management and analysis techniques essential to our goal of promoting undergraduate research and skill development.

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CAROLYN BEHRMAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY
237 OLIN HALL, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON, AKRON, OHIO 44325-1910
ARMProject@uakron.edu

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