How qualitative (or interpretive or critical) is qualitative synthesis and what we can do about this?
Thanks to everyone who attended the seminar on ‘How qualitative (or interpretive or critical) is qualitative synthesis’, it was a huge success.
And you can watch ‘SCPHRP meets George’ here
George W. Noblit is the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He, with Dwight Hare, developed meta-ethnography. He had occasionally written more about it and has consulted on several large qualitative synthesis projects. He has a forthcoming article on the meta-ethnography of autoethnographies as well as a book in process, The cultural construction of identity: Metaethnographies and theorizing. In truth, however, he more a practicing qualitative researcher whose work has won several awards. He specializes in the study of racialization and class formation from a decidedly critical lens. He is the editor/author of 18 books.
His most recent book, Is Education, equity and economy: Crafting a new intersection for Springer. He edits The Urban Review and two book series. Most recently he is the founding editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education which he hopes will not deter Scottish separatists from attending his presentation.
Richard Tremblay – Early Childhood Origins of Violent Behaviour: Implications for Preventive Interventions
Richard E. Tremblay is professor of paediatrics, psychiatry and psychology at the Université de Montréal and professor of child development at the University College Dublin, Ireland; known throughout the world for his innovative research on socialization and the prevention of violence in children. He has published widely in scientific journals, books and websites. Named as one of Canada’s top five researchers by ‘Time’ magazine and featured in ‘Science’.
Professor Clyde Hertzman ’ Early Child Development: A Powerful Equalizer
ABSTRACT: Professor Clyde Hertzman is a social epidemiologist with a distinguished scientific career, who has devoted the last 15 years to both study and action on arguably the most important determinant of lifelong health and function: early life. He has published many papers demonstrating the close links between early life experiences, especially the social environment around and within the family, and the achievement of full human potential across socio-economic groups in modern society. Furthermore, he has consistently expounded the view that early life is, of all the determinants of health, by far the most amenable to policies and programs to reduce socio-economic inequalities in health, in any reasonable timeframe. Proven pre-primary child development programs can ’level the playing field of life’ for a birth cohort within just a few years of initiation.
Over the last several years, Prof. Hertzman has established and directed the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC in Vancouver, an applied research and knowledge transfer/exchange unit, funded from public sources. It is dedicated to the population-level measurement, and prompt community feedback, of novel indicators of child developmental health ’ especially the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a twenty-minute fully validated questionnaire that assesses ’readiness to learn,’ which is now completed by kindergarten teachers in every British Columbia school every few years. [This instrument has been clearly demonstrated to predict primary school achievement, and in turn ’life success,’ which correlates highly to lifelong health and function ’ it is therefore a sensitive indicator of social inequalities in health at the community level.]
The EDI results from all British Columbia’s far-flung communities are extensively analysed by HELP, using in particular data depiction methods accessible to lay persons. These data are then fed back promptly to local communities, including school boards, parents and teachers. Part of the analysis allows these takeholders to judge how their local children entering school that year are doing in developmental terms, compared to both previous birth cohorts in that setting, and same-aged cohorts of children in socio-economically matched settings across the province. Similar programs of population-wide measurement utilizing the EDI are in place in parts of Australia, and are being piloted in several other countries.
A key benefit to participating communities is the complete separation of these measurements from the contentious issue of school performance per se. Because these measures are taken when indergartners (typically five years of age in Canada) are only a few months into their first formal school experience, the results cannot be used to ’blame the schools for below-average performance.’ Rather, the results are invaluable as resources, to local schools and communities, in advocating for additional resources to both improve future birth cohorts’ readiness to learn at school entry, via pre-primary child development programs of established effectiveness, and remedial instruction for those already in school. The HELP program thus works to the advantage of the disadvantaged, at a local level, while also providing sensitive ’ and potentially promptly reversible ’ measures of human developmental health, at any level of aggregation in an entire population, that is relevant to program and policy decision-making.
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