Grey Matters: A Guide for Collaborative Research with Seniors

By Nancy Marlett and Claudia Emes and Penny Jennett and Bob Stebbins and Joan Ryan and Dorothy Dooley and Marianne Rogerson

© 2010

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.

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Grey Matters: A Guide for Collaborative Research with Seniors

By Nancy Marlett and Claudia Emes and Penny Jennett and Bob Stebbins and Joan Ryan and Dorothy Dooley and Marianne Rogerson

© 2010

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.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.9in x 9.0in

A quiet revolution is changing the way older adults takes part in research . . . Grey Matters is an easy to follow manual. It covers different methods by which seniors-individually or as groups-can conduct valid research into issues of interest to them.

-Alex Frazer-Harrison, The Calgary Herald

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

Acknowledgements
The Kerby Centre of Excellence
Prologue: Senior?s Collaborative Research Manual

Section 1: The Reason for the Book. How It Came to Be

1. Making Room for Seniors: Research with, for, and by Aging Adults
2. Resilience and Seniors: What We Did and What We Learned about Doing Research

Section 2: Research Methods Manual

3. Field Research
4. Interviews and Questionnaires
5. Focus Group Research
6. Narrative Research

Section 3: Conducting Inquiries and Research

7. READY: Setting the Agenda for Your Research
8. SET: Creating Your Research Proposal
9. GO: Conducting Research and Sharing Results
Further readings and resources

Appendices

Appendix 1. Resilience as Social Capital: Lessons from Older Adults
Appendix 2. Handout of Basic Principles of PAR
Appendix 3. Sites and Sources: Seniors and Resilience Research Proposal
Appendix 4. Observation Workbook for Field-Work
Appendix 5. Focus Group Training Notes
Appendix 6. An Example of a Structured Workbook Approach to Focus Groups
Appendix 7. Follow-Up Focus Group to Discuss Rural Resilience Findings
Appendix 8. Report of the Focus Group Meeting with CJCA Seniors Club
Appendix 9. Narrative Interview Guide
Appendix 10. Examining Social Problems
Appendix 11. Navigating the "Seven C?s": Curiosity, Confirmation, Comparison, Changing, Collaborating, Critiquing, and Combinations
Appendix 12. Elder Self-Neglect: Project Description