Emerge Faculty Fellows: Drs. Diane Bagwell and Carla Thompson

Dr. Diane Bagwell
Dr. Diane Bagwell
Dr. Carla Thompson
Dr. Carla Thompson

Community-based Integrity Research: Increasing Partnership Quality with High-Impact, Experiential Learning Activities

Although doctoral students’ previous efforts focused on community–based research projects within the EDF 8406 (Statistics III) course have produced strong research/statistical learning outcomes, the lack of direct focus on integrity and ethics in research and professionalism has emerged as a strong need for appropriately preparing graduate students as professional researchers and leaders in the workforce.

This Emerge project focuses on high–impact, experiential learning experiences for improving the community–based research project requirement of doctoral students by infusing intense high–impact practices (HIPs) emphasizing research integrity and professional ethics into the course, EDF: 8406. The infusion will provide students and community partnerships with a transformative learning experience by intensifying and expanding research integrity and professional ethics outcomes and preparing doctoral students for emerging professional workforce arenas focused in community-based research.

The HIP activity includes a three–fold emphasis:

  1. Academic integrity involving the experience of peer review whereby doctoral students serve as peer reviewers of professional writing and presenting efforts of their colleagues with formal feedback
  2. Responsible conduct of research (RCR) principles whereby doctoral students participate in experiential evaluations of role–playing scenarios utilizing resources from the UWF Research Integrity website and materials from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and
  3. professional ethics within community–based research whereby doctoral students engage in developing forms of confidentiality, partnership agreements, and informed consent forms; conduct interviews with selected community partners for the purpose of initiating new research partnerships; and design original research projects for community agencies utilizing community partners as contributing resources to simulate mutually beneficial partnership relationships and to practice communicating professional ethics within community–based research environments

Therefore, the high–impact experiential learning activity will transform old patterns of integrity and ethics by elaborating and transforming points of view, frames of reference, and habits of mind.

High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Service Learning
  • Community–Based Learning
  • Professional Workforce Development

For more information, please contact Dr. Carla Thompson at cthompson1@uwf.edu, or Dr. Diane Bagwell at dbagwell1@uwf.edu.

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