Practicum: Research Design and Methods
(Practicum 1)

In this first practicum course, students describe their community. They identify critical questions of change and conservation in their community. They study and acquire quantitative, qualitative , and alternative research methods and the necessary statistical tools to analyze data, perform community assessments, and monitor and evaluate programs. Emphases are placed on participatory and action research approaches and methods as well as the identification, measurement, and use of key indicators. Philosophical reasons behind different research approaches and methods are explored in terms of the practice and use of research.