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Practical, Epistemological, And Ethical Challenges Of Participatory Action Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Review Of The Literature, Danielle L. Lake, Joel Wendland Sep 2018

Practical, Epistemological, And Ethical Challenges Of Participatory Action Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Review Of The Literature, Danielle L. Lake, Joel Wendland

Danielle L Lake

This article extends recent discussions on the practical, epistemological, and ethical challenges of participatory action research (PAR) for community engaged scholars through a cross-disciplinary literature review. It focuses on how practitioners across fields define power, engage with conventional research approval processes, and manage risk. The review demonstrates that PAR can be a valuable research approach for community engaged scholars, but that problematic practices and disparities must be addressed. For instance, while PAR practitioners consistently articulate a commitment to empowering the community and shifting structures of oppression, contradictions around how to define and respond to power, engage with standard IRB practices ...


Author Recognition Faculty Profile 2017.Pdf Dec 2016

Author Recognition Faculty Profile 2017.Pdf

Danielle L Lake

Danielle Lake aims to be a publicly engaged philosopher.
Lake, an assistant professor in the Liberal Studies Department, is a strong believer in the power of public engagement. She not only accepts that engaging others across our differences can be messy and challenging, she invites it. Her thinking: If society is going to meaningfully address “wicked problems” such as homelessness and poverty, it is vital to solicit multiple viewpoints, to reframe expertise, and perhaps most importantly, create a bigger impact.


Design Thinking To Meet Real World Needs, Danielle L. Lake Mar 2016

Design Thinking To Meet Real World Needs, Danielle L. Lake

Danielle L Lake

How can we better prepare and motivate students to tackle large-scale systemic challenges? What pedagogical methods and tools can be employed? This Open Mini will highlight a series of concrete strategies for supporting transdisciplinary innovation on real-world problems.
Hybrid strategies derived from Design Thinking, Strategic Doing, and feminist pragmatism as well as best practices from motivational learning and community-engagement research will be highlighted and tools tested. In addition, lessons learned from classroom implementation will be shared.


Pragmatist Feminism, Danielle L. Lake Dec 2015

Pragmatist Feminism, Danielle L. Lake

Danielle L Lake

Pragmatist feminism is a developing field of philosophy that emerged in the 1990s as a new approach to feminist philosophy. It utilizes and integrates core concepts of pragmatism, including its emphasis on pluralism, lived experience and public philosophy, with feminist theory and practice in order to engage in social issues. Pragmatist feminist philosophers have been addressing several different projects over the past decades, including a) the recovery of women who were influential in the development of American pragmatism but whose work subsequently all but disappeared in the history of philosophy, b) a rereading of the “canon” of pragmatist philosophers, analyzing ...


Design Thinking Accelerated Leadership, Danielle L. Lake Dec 2015

Design Thinking Accelerated Leadership, Danielle L. Lake

Danielle L Lake

From a Skeptic to an Evangelist
A long-term online instructor and mentor to faculty new to online teaching, I have -- for
close to a decade -- resisted combining the challenges of online courses with
accelerated programming, thinking combining the challenges of both was likely to
impede transformational learning. And yet, three years ago, I was asked to help
design and teach in a new interdisciplinary, hybrid and accelerated 19-Month
Leadership degree completion program (the "ALP") at Grand Valley State University.
I said yes.
And -- after contributing to its design and teaching in the first two cohorts -- I asked to
be assigned ...


Community-Based Teaching In A Wicked World: Preparing Students For Messy Inquiry, Danielle Lake, Anna Sluka Mar 2015

Community-Based Teaching In A Wicked World: Preparing Students For Messy Inquiry, Danielle Lake, Anna Sluka

Danielle L Lake

In contrast to static, disciplinary problems, many of the issues we face in the world today can be characterized as “wicked,” dynamically complex, interdependent, high stakes issues with no simple or obvious definition (let alone any simple or obvious solution). These wicked problems confront us with high levels of uncertainty in situations where both action and inaction carry serious long-term consequences. Current top-down, siloed, and abstract pedagogical strategies do not provide students with the tools for collaboratively managing such problems.
How can we prepare students within our own fields to tackle large-scale wicked problems?
What pedagogical methods can be used ...


Pedagogy For A Wicked World: The Value And Hazards Of A Transdisciplinary, Dialogue-Driven, Community Engagged Classroom Model, Danielle Lake Dec 2014

Pedagogy For A Wicked World: The Value And Hazards Of A Transdisciplinary, Dialogue-Driven, Community Engagged Classroom Model, Danielle Lake

Danielle L Lake

This presentation provides a number of strategies for instructors interested in a more participatory, transdisciplinary, and experiential educational model in order to foster real-world change around our high-stakes, complex public problems. By utilizing soft system’s thinking in addition to a feminist pragmatist methodology students can successfully collaborate with community partners and integrate across their disciplinary expertise in order to co-develop and implement action-plans with community stakeholders. Given the value of this work, but also the challenges, this session also highlights the potential pitfalls of working to prepare students for a messy, iterative process of collaboratively learning-by-doing in a “wicked ...


Dewey Addams, And Beyond: A Context-Sensitive, Dialogue-Driven, Action-Based Pedagogy For Preparing Students To Confront Local Wicked Problems, Danielle Lake Dec 2014

Dewey Addams, And Beyond: A Context-Sensitive, Dialogue-Driven, Action-Based Pedagogy For Preparing Students To Confront Local Wicked Problems, Danielle Lake

Danielle L Lake

Traditional, theoretical pedagogical practices based in disciplinary expertise generally fail to prepare students for high-stakes, public problems. In contrast, “Wicked Problems of Sustainability” is an undergraduate course designed to provide students with the opportunity to redress complex, local problems through an experiential, community-engaged model. By implementing pedagogy developed through the integration of a feminist pragmatist framework with the literature on wicked problems, this course offers opportunities to impact real problems, develop skills, and foster virtues necessary for tackling public problems. Given the value of this work, but also the difficulties, this article highlights the potential pitfalls of community work on ...


Session 03: Engaging The Online Learner: Building Community Through Asynchronous Discussion, Glenna Decker, Danielle Lake Jun 2014

Session 03: Engaging The Online Learner: Building Community Through Asynchronous Discussion, Glenna Decker, Danielle Lake

Danielle L Lake

No abstract provided.


Sustainability As A Core Issue In Diversity And Critical Thinking Education, Danielle Lake Jun 2014

Sustainability As A Core Issue In Diversity And Critical Thinking Education, Danielle Lake

Danielle L Lake

As educators, we recognize that teaching sustainability is not something that need be limited to environmental studies and business courses. I suggest that the integration of sustainability into general education courses is not only appropriate, but necessary. Understanding sustainability as a wicked problem and recognizing how an egoist ethic otherizes the environment and is thus in large part responsible for the abuses that have led to a number of current environmental and social problems are central to the resolution of this pressing situation. While I in part argue that most general education courses have something valuable to say about the ...