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date: 28 June 2022

Ecologically Sustaining Research Partnershipslocked

Ecologically Sustaining Research Partnershipslocked

  • Melissa M. JozwiakMelissa M. JozwiakTexas A&M University San Antonio
  •  and Karen L. B. BurgardKaren L. B. BurgardTexas A&M University San Antonio

Summary

It is essential that universities and local or government agencies begin to work together to do unconventional and impactful research that is mutually sustaining to both partners. When done well, the partnerships will strengthen the positions of each institution to continue to do their work and create new opportunities for equity and advancement. The challenges associated with building these types of partnerships are numerous, but even more challenges exist when the partnerships are committed to working in solidarity.

To create partnerships that are examples of solidarity leading to mutual sustainability, partners must be intentional about using an ecological-systems model to shape the decision-making process. In doing so, the partners enact an Ecologically Sustaining Research Partnership (ESRP), which ensures that both partners are strengthened by and exist beyond the life of the partnership. Importantly, ESRPs are committed to equity and empowerment and use the ecological-systems model to shift the basis of power in favor of commonly oppressed groups. This emancipatory approach to research is essential for the field of early childhood, but it can also be expanded to guide partnerships between universities and communities across disciplines.

Subjects

  • Education, Change, and Development
  • Research and Assessment Methods
  • Educational Administration and Leadership

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