Towards Reflective and Collaborative Praxes

A Case for Building Institutional Capacity in Quantitative Research

Authors

  • Talia Esnard The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
  • Letetia Addison The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
  • Fareena Alladin The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
  • Delia Brito The University of the West Indies, St Augustine
  • Keisha Samlal The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

Keywords:

institutional capacity building, communities of practice, praxis

Abstract

While there has been significant progress in the development of quantitative research competencies within institutions of higher education across the globe, there is growing evidence of apprehension and anxiety among staff and students related to employing this research approach. To assess the status and challenge of building institutional capacity within a community of quantitative researchers, the authors (also faculty) used reflective journaling to unpack our experiences as educators within our institutional/university setting. To capture the qualitative nuances of our teaching processes and engagements, the authors produced individual reflections on key questions related to building institutional capacity in quantitative research, experiences related to inclusion/exclusion, and the strategies required to address emerging gaps within our community of practice. These were collaboratively analyzed to inform key themes for the study. Related findings pointed to the need for educators to remain mindful and accountable when building and managing competencies to promote continuous adjustment/refinement of teaching strategies, as well as to use more flexible modes of delivery with the potential for cross-disciplinary interventions.

Author Biographies

  • Talia Esnard, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

    Senior Lecturer of Behavioural Sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Letetia Addison, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

    Project Officer and Statistical Consultant at the University Office of Planning, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Sciences 

  • Fareena Alladin, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

    PhD candidate in Sociology and Instructor in the Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Delia Brito, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

    PhD candidate in Psychology, is a part-time Tutor/Assistant Lecturer (undergraduate statistics and research design course) in the Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Keisha Samlal, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine

    PhD candidate (Sociology), is a teaching assistant in the Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Published

2023-12-07