This training program in action research will prepare community residents and college students alike for careers in action research and involvement in TNI research projects.
Faculty from the Department of Sociology, in conjunction with the Thriving Neighbors Initiative, are researching and designing a Community Training in Participatory Action Research. To earn the training, students from SCU and Washington would take classes (taught in Spanish and English), participate in teams to practice their skills while working on community projects, and receive instruction on how to use their training for paid or volunteer work on community research projects. The purpose of the program is to expand the training and employment opportunities for Washington residents as well as SCU students interested in a possible career or temporary work in social science research. The curriculum would be modeled on other programs in Participatory Action Research (PAR) and include training in social science ethics, qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, issues in insider/outsider research, etc.