Grey Matters: A Guide for Collaborative Research with Seniors

Nancy Marlett
Claudia Emes
Penny Jennett (Contributor)
Bob Stebbins (Contributor)
Joan Ryan (Contributor)
Dorothy Dooley (Contributor)
Marianne Rogerson (Contributor)

978-1-55238-251-6 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-487-9 (Institutional PDF)
978-1-55238-728-3 (ePub)

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344 pages
14 b&w photos, 4 figures, 18 tables, references, glossary

October 2010

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About the Book

This study marks a major step in making collaboration between seniors, academic researchers, and community researchers a reality. Many aging adults are motivated to undertake research projects in later life or even return to university after retirement. Grey Matters is the result of a pilot project developed to study the effectiveness of collaborative research involving seniors. Because the project was such a success, the authors were encouraged to make their model available both to seniors interested in undertaking their own research and to those hoping to involve seniors in collaborative research. This guide provides a helpful framework for making the most of research projects by and with seniors, including sections on such techniques as narrative interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Grey Matters will be the first Open Access book published by the University of Calgary Press. On October 22, 2010, it will be released simultaneously in traditional print book format and as a free downloadable PDF file from this website.

About the Author

Nancy Marlett is the director of Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, an interdisciplinary unit of the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include the development of research models and program evaluation that facilitate shared expertise and new forms of knowledge.
Claudia Emes is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her areas of expertise are adapted physical activity for children and adolescents with special needs, wellness and exercise for seniors, and curriculum design and learner-centred education


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Table of Contents Download
Acknowledgments Download
The Kerby Centre of Excellence Download
Prologue - Seniors' Collaborative Research Manual Download
SECTION 1 - The Reason for the Book. How It Came To Be Download
Chapter 1 - Make Room for Seniors: Research with, for, and by Aging Adults Download
Chapter 2 - Resilience and Seniors: What We Did and What We Learned about Doing Research Download
SECTION 2 - Research Methods Manual Download
Chapter 3 - Field Research Download
Chapter 4 - Interviews and Questionnaires Download
Chapter 5 - Focus Group Research Download
Chapter 6 - Narrative Research Download
SECTION 3 - Conducting Inquiries and Research Download
Chapter 7 - READY: Setting the Agenda for Your Research Download
Chapter 8 - SET: Creating Your Rearch Proposal Download
Chapter 9 - GO: Conducting Research and Sharing Results Download
Further Readings and Resources Download
Appendix 1 - Resilience as Social Capital: Lessons from Older Adults Download
Appendix 2 - Handout of Basic Principles of PAR Download
Appendix 3 - Sites and Sources: Seniors and Resilience Research Proposal Download
Appendix 4 - Observation Workbook for Field-Work Download
Appendix 5 - Focus Group Training Notes Download
Appendix 6 - An Example of a Structured Workbook Approach to Focus Groups Download
Appendix 7 - Follow-Up Focus Group to Discuss Rural Resilience Findings Download
Appendix 8 - Report of the Focus Group Meeting with CJCA Seniors Club Download
Appendix 9 - Narrative Interview Guide Download
Appendix 10 - Examining Social Problems Download
Appendix 11 - Navigating the "Seven C's": Curiosity, Confirmation, Comparison, Changing, Collaborating, Critiquing, and Combinations Download
Appendix 12 - Elder Self-Neglect: Project Description Download
Glossary of Terms Download

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