Developing Community Engaged Research Practices in Family, School and Community Partnerships

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Michael P. Evans


As the field of family, school and community partnerships continues to evolve, there is increasing recognition of the impact that parents, guardians and communities can have on students, schools, and education systems-at-large when provided with opportunity to become authentically engaged.  To further this evolution there is a need for participatory approaches to research that directly support educational change.  This article provides an overview of community engaged scholarship (CES) with a focus on the benefits, criticisms, and challenges that emerge from the utilization of this approach.  Special attention is given to how CES intersects with existing efforts in the field of family, school and community partnerships.

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Michael P. Evans, Miami University (Ohio)

Michael Evans is Assistant Professor of Family, School and Community Connections in the College of Education, Health & Society at Miami University (Oxford, OH). He holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Educational Leadership, Teacher Education, and Family Studies & Social Work. He earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His research interests include family, school and community relationships and the use of grassroots organizing strategies as an education change strategy.