This roundtable discussion will feature presenters engaged in community-based educational research. Education and schooling are key areas where society’s rapidly changing technological, social and economic trends are put into practice. Though schools and communities are traditionally thought of as separate spaces, researchers here will discuss how strong connections between communities and learning institutions help to ensure that research remains current and relevant to both educators, students and community members, e.g. by taking into account the changing demographics of student populations and the influence of social media. This session seeks panelists to discuss approaches to research that are related to community and schooling. Topics that might be explored are: collaborative and participatory research; university-community partnerships; school-based research; research with marginalized students; and innovative approaches to conducting researching in communities. Some of the questions this session hopes to address include: How do the imaginary boundaries between schools and communities impact current research? How are alternative school programs addressing students’ needs? What are some of the challenges in conducting research in (school) communities? Following brief presentations, the session will consist of open discussion with the audience and all panelists, in order to explore relevant issues and share knowledge about engaging in community-based educational research.
This session has been divided into two sub-sessions.
Community-based Educational Research – Research at the Edge I
Session Code: Edu4-A
Session Chair: Dani Kwan-Lafond, York University
Session Discussant: Sam Tecle, York University
Community-based Educational Research – Research at the Edge II
Session Code: Edu4-B
Session Chair: Sam Tecle, York University
Session Discussant: Dani Kwan Lafond, York Univeristy