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TRC Summer Institute 2013


The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Michigan State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement hosted a Summer Institute from July 22-26, 2013 at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Over 40 students completed the 2-credit course “Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities” (course number221.665) . Fifteen students received tuition and travel scholarships that were awarded on a competitive basis. The course will be offered again in the summer of 2015.  Detailed information about the course is provided below. 
Course Description:
The Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities course was offered to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development and intervention research. Course goals were to: 1) explore methods and theoretical approaches to early childhood development and intervention research in tribal contexts; 2) consider optimal systems of early childhood care in low resource settings; and 3) examine unique aspects of tribal research and culture, emphasizing the importance of community-based and community-engaged approaches.
Course Learning Objectives:
The objectives for this course were to prepare participants to:
1. Discuss early childhood programs, intervention research, and community/cultural considerations related to family and school-based approaches to promoting early childhood development in tribal settings;
2. List basic concepts of research study design, implementation, and analysis within tribal contexts;
3. Identify a research question relevant to early childhood development in tribal communities and suggest appropriate research methodologies to answer that question; and
4. Use research to inform early childhood program, practice, and intervention improvement
Course Format:
Teaching methods included lectures, discussions, and group and individual work, and a final paper for those taking the course for credit.
Method of Student Evaluation:
Students were graded on: (1) class attendance and participation; (2) individual and group work, and 3) a final paper (for credit only).
Prerequisites:
The course was designed for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development and research. Prerequisites included experience living or working in/with American Indian and Alaska Native settings/communities and experience/interest in early childhood development and research with tribal communities. Previous formal training in research methods was not required. A bachelor’s degree was required to take the course for credit. Students without a bachelor’s degree took the course as non-credit.
Core Faculty:
Allison Barlow, MA, MPH, PhD Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health; Jessica Barnes, PhD, Associate Director, University-Community Partnerships, Michigan State University; Ann Belleau, AA (Ojibwe), Head Start Director, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.; Jocelyn Billy-Upshaw, (Navajo), Independent Consultant; Doug Novins, MD, Professor, University of Colorado; Myra Parker, MPH, JD, PhD (Mandan-Hidatsa), Consultant, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; Michelle Sarche, PhD (Ojibwe), Assistant Professor, University of Colorado; John Walkup, MD, Director, Division Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Nancy Whitesell, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado.
Funding for the 2013 TRC Summer Institute and Scholarships:
The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, Summer Institute, and scholarships were funded by a grant from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families. Additional scholarship support was provided by the Johns Hopkins University, Center for American Indian Health.
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