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Sandra L. Barnes, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Bernadette Doykos, Nina C. Martin, and Alison McGuire

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823268795

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823268795.001.0001

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Ecological Research Promoting Positive Youth Development

Ecological Research Promoting Positive Youth Development

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Academics in Action!

Carol t. Nixon

Bernadette Doykos

Velma Mcbride Murry

Maury Nation

Nina C. Martin

Alley Pickren

Joseph Gardella

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, we assert that research, scholarship, and teaching in the fields of prevention and youth development can be greatly enhanced by extending the traditional scientific paradigm by integrating ecological systems theory and collaboratively engaging community members and organizations. We frame this chapter by drawing on our department's mission and three recent research projects conducted by faculty and students in the department. We then discuss how the department’s mission and our action-oriented, ecological systems theoretical orientation permeates multiple aspects of the research process, including the conceptualization of projects, articulation of research questions, intervention design, research methods, project oversight and management, and use of findings. Using concrete examples from the projects, we highlight how research and action can be balanced and pursued simultaneously in community settings to generate knowledge and effect social change. As a result, community-engaged research, informed by ecological systems theory, will enable more relevant action and thus promote meaningful youth, organizational, and community development.

Keywords:   ecological systems theory, participatory research prevention, research to practice, social justice, university-community partnerships, youth development

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