November 15, 2011 - 8:00-12:00Chair: Ishtar GoviaPresenters:

  • Ishtar Govia: Capitalize Population and Toolkit
  • Laura Kohn-Wood: Qualitative Approaches for Ethnocultural Groups
  • Kurt Geisinger: The Scholarly and Fair Evaluation of Tests and Assessments: English Language and Adapted Tests

Materials and handouts
Abstract:Research is integral to the development of Caribbean psychologies and the study of Caribbean populations and Caribbean issues. This workshop addresses the need for additional training in research methodology for Caribbean-related research issues through a presentation of foundational and intermediate issues, ndthrough involvement in pertinent hands-on activities.

Through describing and working with frameworks (methodologies), techniques (methods), and devices (tools), participants will learn about the importance of applying rigorous approaches to research topics/areas/constructs.
The workshop will be prefaced by a general orientation and will end with a discussion-based synthesis and application of the major issues examined during the workshop. The body of the workshop will be divided into three main segments, each facilitated by a different speaker.
• In the first section, attendees will be offered an overview of the issues endemic to Caribbeanrelated research and cross-cultural collaborations. They will also be presented with an opportunity to apply specific tools necessary for work on Caribbean populations and issues.
• The second segment will provide an overview of the theory and applications of qualitative strategies.
• The third segment will focus on test evaluation, offering a description of how to conduct test adaptation, particularly in the context of advances in reliability, validity, and test development work. In summary, participants will learn about and engage in application approaches and strategies with Caribbean-specific and Caribbean-relevant tools, qualitative methods, and test adaptation. In each segment, as well as in the larger group discussions, the workshop will focus on how to ensure that research methods and strategies integrate the realities of Caribbean and majority world contexts while maintaining the highest scientific standards. In doing so, the workshop aims to offer information, activities, and resources geared toward using research methodology to advance the exploration and understanding of Caribbean and international populations and issues. The workshop will provide a forum for enthusiasm and commitment to the development of sound methodological expertise that will enhance the quality of research in the Caribbean and on Caribbean and majority world populations and issues.Learning Objectives

  1. Increase awareness of the conditions in which Caribbean-based and collaborative research involving Caribbean populations and issues is conducted.
  2. Increase knowledge of how to initiate and maintain successful projects and collaborations with Caribbean-based data-collections.
  3. Increase knowledge of the rationale for and issues related to the use of specific qualitative approaches with ethnocultural populations.
  4. Understand the steps in creating and adapting tests and measures that are culturally valid and reliable.
  5. Increase knowledge of “how to” apply the main lessons on research in and with Caribbean and majority world contexts, qualitative strategies, and test adaptation to a research topic/ area/construct.

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