Higher education scholars – you – play an instrumental role in researching and addressing myriad complex issues facing the world today in education and human sciences. Our research impacts early childhood professional development, homeless youth, racial and socioeconomic educational disparities in rural and urban environments, access to college, undergraduate student success, physical wellness, counseling in schools, and beyond. As such, research informs policies, law, programs and practice in order to address inequities.
But there is a problem. If researchers continue to reify the same methodological approaches taught back when they were in college, they may not be well positioned to address new and contemporary issues as well as the pervasive inequities that have evaded us for centuries. As such, it is imperative that researchers are informed on the latest cutting edge qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods methodological approaches in order to for research to make practical change in the communities with which we are a part.
Dean Donald Pope-Davis is investing in strengthening the research knowledge and designs of faculty, post-docs, graduate students and researchers as we work toward equity and social justice in education and human ecology. For example, he has hired directors of two centers on research methodology who are experts in qualitative and quantitative research, respectively. The centers are designed to assist scholars strengthen their methodological and methods approaches and effect system-wide, organizational and individual change. In another example, he has spearheaded an equity post-doc program, employing and mentoring post-docs in different areas across the college who will potentially walk into faculty positions. Further, Dean Pope-Davis has hired superintendents of local schools as part-time faculty to strengthen the relationships between Ohio schools and the college. AMI is yet another example of his dedication to advancing research and researchers across the US.
The Advanced Methods Institute at The Ohio State University will focus on Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers and provides an opportunity to engage participants in the latest research methodologies and congruent methods that impact the cultural relevance and sustainability of scholarly research in the social-behavioral sciences. The institute is comprised of a series of nationally recognized keynote speakers and workshops, with each workshop focusing on a methodological issue in a qualitative track (e.g., ethnography, content analysis, discourse analysis) or a quantitative track (e.g., sampling, design, measurement, coding) that will advance the latest cutting-edge scholarship as well as have key implications for researcher positionality, connecting with schools and communities and research dissemination.
We welcome you and look forward to your participation!
Penny A. Pasque, PhD
Professor, Educational Studies
Director, Qualitative Methods
Office of Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ORIC)
College of Education & Human Ecology
The Ohio State University