Beginning Guidelines for Research at WISR with Picture Guide

Including Core Areas of Study and Skills

I developed this guide with pictures from a document by John Bilorusky and he made some edits this document as well.  I developed it as a pdf file with pictures linked to here.


Books, internet research, poetry, newspapers, archives at libraries or museums, magazines…

Taking Notes:

Note taking and observations from work done in a practicum, internship or on the job; observations, personal reflections

Listening to Speakers and Participating in Group Discussion:

Seminars at WISR (faculty and/or student led) workshops, conferences, lectures….

WISR and Wider Community-Based or Self-Directed Research:

Faculty discussions, conversations with others including faculty, fellow students, WISR alumni, interviews and consultations within or outside WISR including with community residents, agency staff, professionals/ experts, other academicians, friends, networking

Listening to Podcasts, radio shows….

Attending Community events, lectures, rallies, festivals….

Multimedia: youtube, movies, foreign films, Facebook…. Film making, creating Powerpoint slide shows.

Writing: Write down stories, give examples, share stories and research from all of the above. Ellaborate on theories and strategies of social change, including themes such as multiculturalism, cross cultural community development, social and political movements, war and/or peace.

Action Research: Using a variety of methods to learn is all part of action-research also known as social research.  Participatory research is when the people studied participate in the process and results of the research and are less of an object.  Qualitative research is less focused on quantities than and more on understanding.

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