1st Edition

Engaged Research and Practice Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public Good

Edited By Betty Overton, Penny A. Pasque, John C. Burkhardt Copyright 2017
    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    What practices can researchers use to gain a more nuanced understanding of educational issues in the community and be part of the solution to those issues?Engaged Research and Practice is about two prevailing and complementary ideas that have surfaced in the higher education arena: engaged research and higher education for the public good. Engaged research is scholarship that not only attempts to open up new knowledge, but it does so with a sense that the new knowledge, insight and directions have a direct relationship to needs and problems within our communities, institutions, and policy arenas. Engaged, actionable, or participatory research and scholarship attempts to tackle the identified issues of our communities and society. This handbook offers important insights and tangible examples of how higher education leaders may work directly with communities and in policy settings to understand the deeper meanings often lost in conversations about educational opportunity. Each chapter addresses the ways in which faculty, community and administrative leaders may connect research and practice through unique research projects. The authors offer clear explanations of "how" their engaged research was conducted to illustrate explicit pathways for practitioners. This book also includes short narratives where authors involved with this research reflect on their experiences and the lessons they have learned while immersed in community and policy related work.

    Series Foreword - Edward P. St. John Foreword - Tony Chambers Acknowledgments PART ONE. Introduction to Engaged Research and Practice 1. Engagement for the Common Good. Situating the National Forum’s Work, Betty Overton 2. Scholarship and Activism on Behalf of Higher Education’s Public Good Mission. An Organizational Context. John C. Burkhardt PART TWO. Engaging the Community Level 3. Conflating Community Means With Organizational Ends. Strengthening Reciprocity in a Multisector Higher Education Access Partnership, Elizabeth Hudson 4. Community Agency and College-Going Culture. The Use of Participatory Action Research, Esmeralda Hernandez-Hamed 5. Collaborative Approaches to Community Change. The Complexities of Power, Collaboration, and Social Change, Penny A. Pasque Refl ective Narrative. Finding Voice in Communidad, Estefanía López Refl ective Narrative. Making Herstory. Inside and Outside the Walls of Academia, Lena M. Khader Refl ective Narrative. The Education Of A Fontanero, Jessica L. Cañas PART THREE. Engaging the Institutional Level 6. Challenges to Diversity. Engaged Administrative Leadership for Transformation in Contested Domains, Cassie L. Barnhardt 7. Access Points to the American Dream. Immigrant Students in Community Colleges, Kyle Southern, Teresita Wisell, and Jill Casner-Lotto 8. Organizational Transformation for Catalytic Social Change, Lara Kovacheff -Badke Refl ective Narrative. A View From the Hyphen Bridging. Theory and Practice, Will Cherrin Refl ective Narrative. A Journey of Social Consciousness and Action From Teaching Assistantship and Service-Learning Experiences, Megan B. Lebre Refl ective Narrative. The Impact of Research Involvement on My Own Understanding of Educational Equity, Briana Akani PART FOUR. Engaging Policy Discussions at the State and National Levels 9. Undocumented Student Access to Higher Education. Focused Efforts at the Federal and Institutional Levels, Kimberly A. Reyes, Aurora Kamimura, and Kyle Southern 10. “The Problem With Our Students . . . Is That Their Families Don’t Value Education”, Magdalena Martinez 11. Linking State Priorities With Local Strategies. Examining the Role of Communities in Postsecondary Access and Success in Michigan, Nathan J. Daun-Barnett Refl ective Narrative. Ashley Smith’s Journey, Ashley Smith Refl ective Narrative. Growing, Learning, and Bringing Back, Amicia Gomez Bowman Refl ective Narrative. Undocumented Students, Chengchen Zhu PART FIVE Concluding Thoughts on Engaged Research and Practice 12. Refl ections. Lessons Learned and Next Steps, Betty Overton Contributors Index


    Betty Overton is a Professor of Clinical Practice in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) and the Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. Betty is active in higher education, serving on the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities (NCA), the board of the American Association of Higher Education & Accreditation (AAHEA), and the editorial board of Liberal Education, published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Penny A. Pasque is professor in Educational Studies, director of the QualLab, and director of Qualitative Methods in the Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC), College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University. Pasque is editor of The Review of Higher Education (with Dr. Thomas F. Nelson Laird). RHE is considered one of the leading research journals in the field and is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Her research addresses complexities in qualitative inquiry, in/equities in higher education, and dis/connections between higher education and society. She works with qualitative methodologies as well as studies qualitative methodologies that work toward social justice and educational equity. Pasque’s research has appeared in over 100 journal articles and books, including in The Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, The Review of Higher Education, Peabody Journal of Education, Diversity in Higher Education, Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies, among others.Her books include Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education Organization and Policy Research (with Lechuga, Routledge), Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education: Methodological Innovations, Implications, and Interventions (with Carducci, Kuntz & Gildersleeve, Jossey-Bass), Critical Qualitative Inquiry: Foundations and Futures (with Cannella & Salazar Pérez, Left Coa

    “[This volume] highlights research and practice within the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good to demonstrate how engaged scholarship can have a direct impact on local, state, and national communities. By giving examples of engaged scholarship at these varying levels of community, Engaged Research and Practice provides snapshots of engagement at different scales, thus advancing a concept of engaged research that moves beyond working with a local neighborhood or a non-profit organization. These chapters provide examples of organizational change at the institutional level and state and national initiatives all informed by or part of engaged research for the public good.”

    Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

    "The centerpiece of this important book is the case for how engaged research and scholarship revitalizes campus commitments to the public good. Making this case positions publicly engaged scholarship as a potent alternative to the neoliberal logic of privatization in ascendency in higher education. Engaged Research and Practice clarifies what commitments to the public good look like on the ground, on campus and in communities, and offers hope for a more socially just and democratic vision of higher education."

    John Saltmarsh, Professor of Higher Education

    University of Massachusetts

    “Generous public and private investments made the U.S. postsecondary education system the envy of the world, and now it is pay-back time. By championing the kinds of engaged, actionable inquiry described by the contributors to this book, colleges and universities can help strengthen the fraying social fabric plaguing many local communities, promote equity, and remedy injustice, changing our world for the better.”

    George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus

    Indiana University

    From the Foreword:

    “READ this book! The essential messages among the pages are not the first or final words regarding higher education's special relationship with the society that created and supports it. Sit with it. Put it down and pick it up again later. It shifts perspective kaleidoscopically; what you see depends on where you stand at any given moment. The messages encourage reflections, as all good work should do. Argue with the perspectives outlined in the following pages. Curse and correct the messages. But don't leave the messages and their reflections be....Doing so begins the end of engagement and signals the irrelevance of scholarship. Engaged scholarship begs for engagement. Not necessarily agreement or blind fidelity...but stringent and earnest engagement.

    If nothing else, this collection calls higher education to question, again, its claim to relevance at a time in American society when neoliberal and commercial objectives of higher education are winning out over the broader life sustaining objectives of justice, knowledge, compassion and community."

    Tony Chambers