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Qualitative community research can be conceptualized as theory, pedagogy, instruction,
learning, practice and service. It requires contemplation, subject mastery, expertise, rigorous
conceptualization, diverse approaches, skilled procedures, access to hidden data, interpreting and
making meaning from information, and constructions of knowledge. QCR provides data and ways of
making meaning from information and experiences. Common interests exists among faculty, students
and communities, despite their perceived differences. Community-based participatory research
performs service and advocacy roles by documenting perspectives and providing a basis for public and
social policy planning and initiatives. A major conclusion from our research is that engaging a
university and community is mutually beneficial.
Messages for Faculty, Students and Communities.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Howard University, Washington, D.C.