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Roads to Research: Doc Soc Sci Students

February 10, 2016
Source: Crossroads

The Office of Research Services is pleased to invite you to the first in a series of Roads to Research  presentations by the Doctor of Social Sciences students. There will be a total of 12 presentations on Wednesday, March 2, 9, and 16.  There will be four student presentations at each event.

On Wednesday, March 2 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Quarterdeck the Roads to Research will include the following presentations:

  • 12:00 - 12:15 - Robert Savage: The rewards and challenges of rural and small town aging: A comparative study of older gay and heterosexual men;
  • 12:15 - 12:30 - Susan Euverman: The Story of Boys in a Northern BC Public School;
  • 12:30 - 12:45 - Katrina Connors: Indigenous Participation in Environmental Decision-Making; and
  • 12:45 - 1:00   - Susie Myers: In Nature Where Hearts are Rooted — A Nature Research Opportunity

All are welcome to attend the presentations, including the public. Coffee and cookies will be served. Please bring your lunch.

We hope you will join us for this intimate look at the ground breaking work of our RRU DocSocSci students on March 2.      


Robert Savage: The rewards and challenges of rural and small town aging: A comparative study of older gay and heterosexual men

The research will be conducted under an interpretive paradigm and the view that social reality is something created by social actors who perform meaning-making activities. The goal of the research will be to capture and compare the lived experience of gay and heterosexual rural dwelling older men. The method will be a combination of the informal conversational interview and Participant Generated Images (PGI’s). Participants will be asked to take photographs to describe the rewards and challenges of rural aging and the PGI’s will be used as interview prompts to assist in eliciting meaningful discourse These approaches are considered to be a means of gathering rich and varied data. The interviews will be transcribed verbatim and analyzed for themes using a software package designed to classify, sort, and arrange qualitative research data. Themes emerging from the interviews with gay men will be contrasted with themes emerging from the heterosexual participants. It is expected that these will differ dramatically given the historical effect and the impact of minority stress in the lives of older gay men. The goal of this research is to enhance our understanding of the lived experience of rural gay men in Canada, and provide data that will inform future policy and practice. Further, it is hoped that in providing participants with a voice (by employing the less formal conversational interview method), it will help us to understand the conflicting survey research findings that have varied from positive to negative based upon the questions respondents were asked.

Susan Euverman: The Story of Boys in a Northern BC Public School 

As a teacher in the public school system in BC, and a mother of a male, I have become uncomfortable about what I have seen in relation to boys' needs.  I believe there is a problem, where boys are disengaged in their educations, which then has a negative impact on the choices they make for their futures.  My research will surround using ethnography and understanding more about boys' experiences in my small northern BC town.  I will use Gender Identity Theory as a way to understand more about why boys respond to their experiences they way in which they do.  I want to use the stories of boys because I think this has not been done enough in research, and want my research to impact the future of educational practices.

Katrina Connors: Indigenous Participation in Environmental Decision-Making

Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution Act, 1982 clearly affirms existing Aboriginal and treaty rights to land and water resources. The government of Canada has a fiduciary obligation to consult with Aboriginal communities whose traditional lands are subject to industrial development. The current environmental assessment process for reviewing industrial, commercial and public infrastructure projects provide limited opportunities for First Nations to meaningfully engage in the review of industrial projects. Recent changes to key pieces of federal environmental legislation have further reduced opportunities for First Nations participation in natural resource planning. First Nations living in the Skeena watershed in northern British Columbia, Canada are demanding a more participatory approach to decision-making for large-scale industrial development projects. Throughout Canada, there is increasing support for decision-making that is decentralized, community oriented and holistic in its view of the environment. Using the Skeena watershed as a case study, my research will explore options for increasing First Nations participation in environmental decision-making and moving towards a resource management framework that is more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Susie Myers: In Nature Where Hearts are Rooted— A Nature Research Opportunity

This multiple case study research is aimed at contributing to quality practice for early childhood education (ECE) nature programs. The research supports the examination of the similarities and differences in experiences and practices that illuminate ECE nature programs in British Columbia (BC). Educators, ECE programs, communities, and ECE organizations will use the research findings. This research study will accomplish an increased need for knowledge about nature education, pedagogy, nature curriculum, and leadership in ECE nature education. Nature education has a social purpose that supports children’s growth, development and learning. It improves children’s quality of life, teaches knowledge, and skills. The literature suggests that nature education is an emerging branch of educator training. In the hands of early childhood educators the body of research has the capacity to increase nature pedagogy, engage educators, and ECE programs.