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EXI559: Sheth Participatory Act Res Coll

The purpose of Exeter Study is to systematically mobilize student insights and voices to improve school culture, policy, and practice.

The purpose of Exeter Study is to systematically mobilize student insights and voices to improve school culture, policy, and practice. Students in this course will design, complete, and analyze a social scientific study with an intersectional approach on a campus issue of their choice in collaboration with the research consortium, The School Participatory Action Research Collaborative centered at the University of Pennsylvania. Students will learn qualitative research methods, basic statistics, and relevant social theory. Guided by Exeter faculty, a variety of checkpoints, and meetings with an adviser from the research collaborative, students will learn to write a research memo, complete a literature review, analyze quantitative data from surveys such as the Comprehensive Assessment of Student Life, collect qualitative data in the form of focus groups and interviews, use the process of open coding to analyze qualitative data, and compile the results. Students will interpret what they learned and develop an action plan with relevant PEA faculty and administration. A selection of the students will present the group's research at a roundtable forum for member schools hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. Further, students may have the opportunity to present their findings to various constituencies: the student body in an assembly, the principal, the trustees, and other committees relevant to the research.