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Dr. Karen Thorpe & PhD student Rachel Leske
Last week, CUP’s Early Childhood Measurement & Evaluation (ECME), hosted colleagues from Australia.
Dr. Karen Thorpe, professor within the School of Psychology at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and her PhD student, Rachel Leske made a brief but jam-packed visit to CUP. Dr. Rebecca Gokiert, director of ECME, was thrilled to share CUP’s strengths in community-based research, knowledge translation, and partnership development with our visitors.
We were fortunate to have Rachel talk about the development of her doctoral research with CUP staff, students, and researchers. Rachel is working collaboratively with a remote Australian community called Mt. Isa, located in northwest Queensland. Together, they are examining the provision of early childhood education & care services available for Indigenous children and families.
With guidance from her community partners, the research will look at what early childhood services are available, how families access the services, and what resources are needed to enhance program development, access and practices. Rachel was also able to discuss hurdles in her research program and engage feedback from CUP staff.
Karen and Rachel were also very interested in meeting some of our community partner organizations who run unique integrated early childhood programs for multicultural and Aboriginal families. Rebecca introduced our visitors to our community partners at the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative Intercultural Early Learning program and Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society’s Kahkiyaw program. Karen and Rachel were able to see integrated early childhood program models in action and talk directly with program directors.
We were very excited about the synergy between Karen and Rebecca’s research and look forward to exploring new ways to work together.
To learn more about the work of Dr. Karen Thorpe and Rachel Leske, please visit their QUT webpage.
Read more on "ECMap Results for St. Albert and Sturgeon County Children Featured in St. Albert Gazette" »
Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) was recently featured in the St. Albert Gazette.
Results from this area show that about 80 per cent of Sturgeon County and 85 per cent of St. Albert kindergarten students were developing appropriately.
In the article, CUP’s co-director Susan Lynch notes that the first three years of a child’s life are critical when it comes to brain development and lay the foundation for the child’s future. “If the foundation is not well established, then there are problems downstream,” she said.
To learn more about ECMap and keep up to date with project results, visit www.ecmap.ca
Read more on "Science Shop Summer Studentship Award Competition Now Open" »
The WCHRI/CUP Science Shop Program: Summer Studentship in Community-Based Research (CBR) is a competitive granting opportunity intended to develop students’ interest and skills in community-based research relevant to women and/or children’s health. The program brings together University of Alberta students and community organizations in pursuing supervised summer research projects that are mutually beneficial.
Awardees work under the guidance of a faculty supervisor to complete research with a community partner over the summer months (May to August). The application and program guidelines are available on the WCHRI website.
In the past, students involved with the Science Shop were able to achieve academic success and impact the community.
At the WCHRI (Women and Children’s Health Research Institute) Research Day in 2012, Tracey Durksen was awarded first in the oral presentation category of PhD students for her presentation: Exploring Community Support Worker Case Notes for Experiences of Low-income Transitional Aboriginal Families.
In 2010, Patrizia Giampaolo teamed up with Terra Centre for Pregnant and Parenting Teens for her CBR Science Shop project. Her work enabled Terra Centre to receive funding for a mental health practitioner to support pregnant and parenting teens.
Applications for the Science Shop are due at WCHRI (Women & Children’s Health Research Institute) no later than January 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Questions with respect to the program may be sent to:
Community-Based and Qualitative Research Coordinator
Read more on "Resources from Dr. Cindy Blackstock’s 2012 Annual Celebration Event Speech" »
Thank you once again to Dr. Cindy Blackstock for speaking at our 2012 Annual Celebration Event.
Dr. Blackstock is the director of First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and an associate professor with the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. She advocates for the equity of welfare funding for First Nations children. Her organization has filed a human rights complaint against the Canadian federal government claiming discrimination towards First Nations children. The complaint is before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and hearings are set for February 2013.
Her impassioned speech at our ACE, Children’s Voices Have Power: Children Standing in Solidarity with First Nations Children, garnered a standing ovation from the audience.
Dr. Blackstock has kindly provided slides from her speech, to use as a resource.
For further information on Dr. Blackstock’s work please visit the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada website. Here you can access specific topics addressed in her speech, including Shannen’s Dream and Our Dreams Matter Too: First Nations Children’s Rights, Lives and Education. The website also provides information on the tribunal timeline.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock Slides ACE 2012
Read more on "Dr. Yoshi Iwasaki becomes Associate Dean of Research with Faculty of Extension" »
Congratulations to our director Dr. Yoshi Iwasaki who will also serve as associate dean of research with the Faculty of Extension.
He will continue to serve as CUP’s director and we look forward to all the talents he brings to his new position.
Please see Faculty of Extension Dispatch for more information.
Read more on "Dr. Cindy Blackstock Keynote Speaker at CUP’s Upcoming Annual Celebration Event" »
CUP is pleased to announce that Dr. Cindy Blackstock is our keynote speaker at our Annual Celebration Event.
Cindy is executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and associate professor in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta.
The title of her talk is Children’s Voices Have Power: Children Standing in Solidarity with First Nations Children.
This year’s event will take place on Monday, September 24th, 2012 at City Hall, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration for the event is already open online.
See you there!
Read more on "Social Determinants of Health for Aboriginal Families in Edmonton" »
Did you know the province of Alberta has 45 First Nations in 3 Treaty Areas and that there are 134 reservations located throughout the province? It is important to acknowledge and honour the diversity of the Aboriginal peoples of Alberta. What may be a reality for the members of a First Nation in the south of Alberta may not be so for a Nation in the north. Further, what may be a social reality for a person who is Métis may not be so for someone who is First Nations.
Families First Edmonton’s special report details the baseline data for the Aboriginal primary caretakers and children who participated in the study. This report captures the lived experiences of a collection of Métis and First Nations people who have familial and kin connections that span the entire province of Alberta and for much of Canada.
The report profiles demographic information of the Aboriginal families who participated in the FFE study, as well as key social determinants of health including education, employment, housing, social inclusion, and family functioning. The executive summary discusses key findings and considerations for programs and services related to child development. The report also details the extent to which these families used health services and service related to child development in Edmonton.
To learn more about the Families First Edmonton project, visit www.familiesfirstedmonton.ualberta.ca
To download a copy of the report please visit:
Read more on "New U of A Course in Qualitative Inquiry" »
Starting this Fall, the Faculty of Extension is offering an introductory course in qualitative inquiry.
COMM 597: Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry
Instructor: Maria Mayan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Extension
Tuesdays: 12:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Course Description and Objectives
This course will be an introduction to qualitative inquiry. The goal of the course is to introduce students to main methods in qualitative inquiry, data collection strategies, qualitative data analysis, rigor, ethics, proposal preparation, and knowledge translation. The course will be held at Enterprise Square campus.
The assignments for the course include a presentation on a topic in qualitative inquiry (10%), a mini research project (55%), and a research proposal (35%). These assignments may change depending on the number of students enrolled in the class. The research proposal assignment is to be on the topic the student is pursuing for her/his own research.
This course will be offered from September – December, 2012. A textbook will be required along with some readings. This is an intensive course and students should be prepared to do a lot of reading outside of class. There are no perquisites for this course.
For a copy of the syllabus, please email Merin at email@example.com
To register, please email Susan Petruszczak firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more on "ECMap in the news!" »
A province wide analysis of young children shows nearly 32 per cent of kindergarten kids in Edmonton are experiencing “great difficulty in one or more areas of development,” compared with 27 per cent across Alberta and 25 per cent in Canada.
To learn more about ECMap and keep up to date with project results, visit www.ecmap.ca