June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Community Engagement Division
26.1289.1 - 26.1289.16
Qualitative Analysis of Boundary Spanning Implications within Interviews of Engagement StakeholdersInterviews conducted on engagement stakeholders are qualitatively analyzed to providecontextual understanding of boundary spanning within STEM community engagement.Community engagement refers to relationships between the university and externaleducational groups such as K12 institutions, libraries, and community centers, tomutually improve social, civic, and ethical problems together around educationaloutcomes. Boundary Spanners, or individuals who act as knowledge and power brokersto help establish reciprocal relationships between a university and community, arefundamental for providing pathways for collaboration between the academy and society.The stakeholders, which include University, Government, K12, Industry and Non-profitRepresentatives, are interviewed using a semi-structured protocol based on previouslyestablished evaluations of barriers and enablers to university engagement, indicators ofcampus commitment to engagement, and indicators for evaluating broadeningparticipation, to determine how boundary spanners can be best utilized to facilitate andimprove upon engagement outcomes. Purposeful sampling alongside snowball samplingwas used to identify interview subjects resulting in N = 30 interviews conducted, where16 represent the university and 14 represent the stakeholders external to the university. Athematic analysis of the interviews was conducted using the constant comparative methodand qualitative research software to reveal insight into boundary spanning. Thisevaluation is useful to provide context within a systematic framework for improvementsof engagement practices and outcomes through the use of boundary spanners. Outcomesof this research, which are directed at STEM and Engineering Education, will allowpolicy makers and practitioners to be better informed on what boundary spanning policiesto implement, in what contexts they are applicable. The findings provide transferableresearch and knowledge about boundary spanning as a key strategy for strengtheningpathways for broadening participation in STEM through community engagement.
Delaine, D. A., & Cardoso, J. R., & Walther, J. (2015, June), Qualitative Analysis of Boundary-Spanning Implications within Interviews of Engagement Stakeholders Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24626
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