Towards Reflective and Collaborative Praxes
A Case for Building Institutional Capacity in Quantitative Research
Keywords:institutional capacity building, communities of practice, praxis
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.