Our Goal: Community-engaged Research

The Faculty of Education at Brandon University established the Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies (CARES) in the fall of 2008.  The objectives of the CARES are to:

  • help identify and answer research questions generated collaboratively with research partners in the interests of improving the educational achievement and employment success of children and youth in rural, remote and northern Manitoba;
  • develop faculty and graduate student capacity to undertake education research;
  • promote the use of research knowledge to improve education and employment outcomes; and,
  • promote community-engaged scholarship with community partners.

Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research or scholarship, also known as community-based participatory research (CBPR), puts the needs of the community at the heart of our research activities.  This means that research projects are undertaken by faculty and students in collaboration with community organizations.  Our research activities aim to:

  • promote the interrelationship between research, policy and teaching practice;
  • respond to community needs through theory, action, and collaborative reflection;
  • develop and translate academic knowledge for the purposes of critical thinking, community engagement and enhanced scholarship;
  • foster mutually beneficial collaborations between the university and the community to promote positive social change.

Our community-engaged research activities are situated in communities or community organizations.  Many of these activities involve innovative approaches that build research skills at the local level.  Collaborative research teams, comprised of teaching faculty, graduate students, professional educators, independent researchers and community partners carry out our research activities.  For more information on current or completed community-engaged research activities please go to https://www.brandonu.ca/bu-cares/ current-or-completed-community-engaged-research-activities

If you have an idea for a research opportunity and/or project,  please contact Dr. Karen Rempel at 204-727-7331 or rempelk@brandonu.ca.

Academic Service Learning

Whenever possible, BU CARES tries to involve undergraduate and graduate students with community research activities through hands-on, experiential research activities.

Human and Financial Resources for the Centre

Human Resources

The Centre operates as a research institute of Brandon University.  The Centre has one faculty position supported by Brandon University.  All other positions,  including research affiliates and graduate student research assistants, are funded on a cost-recovery basis.  To date (September 2016), the Centre has employed nearly 30 graduate and a few undergraduate students in various research activities.

Financial Resources

Seed money for the Centre came from a 3-year (2008-2011) SSHRC-ASU grant valued at $25,000 per year. To date (September 2016), the Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies has been awarded over $2.3 M in research awards, commissioned research projects and Researcher-in-Residence project.