An Introduction to the School Study

 

Hello, my fellow readers/researchers! Hard to believe the spring semester is already 4 weeks in. The walk to CoRP Friday morning was very chilly; but it always seems to be warm in the classroom; warmth provided by the smiling faces that greet each other as we all walk in. Today’s breakfast was delicious – we have assorted fruits and this awesome breakfast casserole made by senior Jordan Lewis.

Our wonderful breakfast spread.
Our wonderful breakfast spread.

Friday’s CoRP session was a rollover presentation from the previous week when we had a 2-hour delay. The previously mentioned “school study” now has a formal, working name. I say “working name”, as in research – and specifically qualitative research – the titles can change at any moment. Dr. Frank unveiled the title – Collaborative Practices: An Ethnographic Exploration of Two Elementary School Cultures in Appalachia. The presentation was a discussion style, with the presenters receiving input from fellow group members.

 

The study, which is really the gathering of two research entities, is partly the evaluation of an afternoon school program for children at risk for language disorders and about the culture of schools in Appalachia. Libby Simmons, a school SLP and her former student Laura Ellis and current student Catherine Counts are performing, through a grant, a program evaluation. This program will offer afterschool services to children in the school systems. Ultimately, they hope their study will help encourage policy changes for literacy services for children in the state of WV.

Libby Simmons and Laura Ellis leading a discussion on their part of the school study.
Libby Simmons and Laura Ellis leading a discussion on their part of the school study.

 

Secondly, the study is aiming toward an ethnographic study of school cultures in Appalachia. What can we learn from all the “key” players who help service children who need services? The exciting aspect about this large project is the ability for it to evolve in so many ways. The energy in the room about this project was so exciting to experience – this study could potentially be the beginning force of how school cultures service students.

John, the blogger's, notes. Artistic photo by Dr. McComas - she has a great eye!
John, the blogger’s, notes. Artistic photo by Dr. McComas – she has a great eye!

As always, thanks for reading!