This introductory course assumes some basic knowledge of how to conduct research but the approach is one underpinned by co-operative values and principles through the use of participatory and action research methods. It is aimed at those working in and for co-operatives or for those keen to understand co-operatives and to research ‘the co-operative difference’. Resources will be produced for interactive webinars and a workshop focused on interpreting data and disseminating research will be held.
Participants will be awarded a Co-operative College Certificate in Co-operative Education, Research and Practice.
The purpose of this course is to enhance participants’ understanding of action and participatory research; prepare them for applying these research methods and illustrate how collected data and research findings can be analysed, interpreted and disseminated.
By the end of this short course participants will be able to:
- Describe and discuss the nature and purpose of action participatory research approaches in relation to researching co-operatives
- Compare and contrast research methods and methodology
- Construct research questions and a research design
- Recognise issues of ethics and consent
- Critically analyse and establish research findings
- Understand ways of disseminating research
Reason P (2002) The Practice of Co-operative Enquiry (special issue) Systematic Practice and Action Research 15 (3) 169-270.
Action Research: http://infed.org/mobi/action-research/
|Session 1: Co-operative Research or Researching Co-operatives? Getting Started and Welcome
Date: 7th June 12.30-1.30 – webinar (Recording available if attendance problematic)
|A short introductory session which outlines the course and offers an opportunity to meet each other.|
|Session 2: Designing Research (2hour webinar)
Date: 28th June 2-4pm – webinar (Recording available if attendance problematic)
|Session 3: Doing Research (2 hours)
Date: July 6th 2-4pm. – webinar (Recording available if attendance problematic)
|Session 4: Interpreting Research and Writing Up
Date: Saturday 16th September (Day Workshop 10-4)
Delivery: 3 linked webinars; resource and readings pack, workshop in Manchester (sandwich lunch included)
Cost £95/ £65 (Concessions)
- 7th June to 16th September 2017. Starting at 12pm until 4pm.