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    Ethical and Professional Norms in Community-Based Research

    GERALD CAMPANO, MARÍA PAULA GHISO, AND BETHANY J. WELCH
    In this article Gerald Campano, María Paula Ghiso, and Bethany J. Welch explore the role of ethical and professional norms in community-based research, especially in fostering trust within contexts of cultural diversity, systemic inequity, and power asymmetry. The authors present and describe a set of guidelines for community-based research that were developed through collaborative inquiry into an ongoing research partnership with a multilingual and multiethnic Catholic parish and its school and community center. The norms emerged from investigating the reciprocal and recursive relationship between the authors’ roles as scholars and practitioners. Campano, Ghiso, and Welch use this illustrative case to provide an example of how professional norms were conceptualized and enacted in an effort to nurture long-term research relationships across institutional and social boundaries. As research from university-community partnerships continues to grow, the authors emphasize the need to make explicit and to consider with greater specificity the ethical dimensions of our research.

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    Gerald Campano is associate professor and chair of the Reading/Writing/Literacy Division in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. His scholarship focuses on practitioner research, immigrant students and families, critical literacy, identity, and university-community partnerships. Campano was a full-time classroom teacher in Houston, Puerto Rico, and California, and he has garnered numerous teaching awards at the elementary and university levels. He is a Carnegie Scholar and the recipient of the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English from the National Council of Teachers of English for his book Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering (Teachers College Press, 2007). He has published in numerous venues, including Educational Leadership, Research in the Teaching of English, and Review of Research in Education.

    María Paula Ghiso is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests include early childhood literacy in multilingual and transnational contexts. A former New York City dual language teacher, she has facilitated professional development on language and literacy learning in a range of contexts. Ghiso has articles published and in press in venues such as the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Equity and Excellence in Education, Research in the Teaching of English, Teachers College Record, and Journal of Literacy Research.

    Bethany J. Welch is the founding director of Aquinas Center and a nonprofit management consultant. Her research on the Catholic Church and urban revitalization prompted Philadelphia’s St. Thomas Aquinas parish to invite her to help repurpose a former convent into a space that builds unity in diversity, supports learning, and inspires thoughtful action. In 2014 Welch was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award for her work on the effects of poverty and injustice. A VISTA volunteer in 2003–2004, she also received a Spirit of Service Award in 2006 from the Corporation for National and Community Service for advancing transformational change in urban communities through research, planning, and capacity building.
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    Spring 2015 Issue

    Abstracts

    At the End of Intellectual Disability
    CHRISTOPHER KLIEWER, DOUGLAS BIKLEN, AND AMY J. PETERSEN
    Ethical and Professional Norms in Community-Based Research
    GERALD CAMPANO, MARÍA PAULA GHISO, AND BETHANY J. WELCH
    Lead Policy and Academic Performance
    Insights from Massachusetts
    JESSICA WOLPAW REYES
    Education and the Production of Diasporic Citizens in El Salvador
    ANDREA DYRNESS AND ENRIQUE SEPÚLVEDA III

    Book Notes

    Our School
    Sam Chaltain

    Laboratory of Learning
    Sharon Gay Pierson

    The Quest for Mastery
    Sam M. Intrator and Don Siegel