Research profile

Name: 
Dr. Adrienne Chan

Department: School of Social Work and Human Services

Contact information: adrienne.chan@ufv.ca , 604-504-7441 local 4440

Current research program:
This research examines how social justice is conceptualized and experienced in universities. There are two phases to the research. Phase one focused on documentary analysis (e.g. policies, mission statements, strategic plans) in twenty Canadian universities. Phase two involved interviews at three universities, including faculty, staff and students. The universities differed in size, scope and geographic location. The research time period is 2006-2009. Funding was received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Social justice can be definite as social conditions and actions where all members of a society have equal rights and opportunities, responsibilities and obligations. This research is important because it contributes to knowledge about the subject of equality, equity, and human rights, within the context of higher education institutions. Social justice is a principle that is fundamental to social work, adult education, and a number of other disciplines and sectors in society.

Students were involved in documentary searches, developing preliminary case studies of universities, and conducting data analysis.

Names of students involved in your research and their duties:
 
Name    Duties / Activities
Diane KeeganDocumentary searches in five universities.
Developing preliminary themes within the universities, and a draft case study.
April GoertzenDocumentary searches in five universities.
Developing preliminary themes within the universities, and a draft case study.
Chris DembickiDocumentary searches in five universities.
Developing preliminary themes within the universities, and a draft case study.
Susi Schecker Documentary searches in five universities.
Developing preliminary themes within the universities, and a draft case study.
Jeff Wood Conducted a literature review on social justice and topics under the “umbrella” of social justice.
Nancy LarsonDeveloped a case study of two universities, based on the original 20.
Identified key themes within the two universities. Identified potential interview sites and people.
Kaillie KangroDeveloped a case study of two universities, based on the original 20.
Identified key themes within the two universities. Identified potential interview sites and people.
Amanjit PoonianConducted a literature review. Developed annotated bibliographies on two topics related to social justice.


Most recent publications related to your current research program:

Chan, Adrienne S. (forthcoming, 2010) Challenging notions of identity in the learning journey. In Barbara Merrill and José González Monteagudo (editors) Educational Journeys and Changing Lives (working title). Sevilla, Spain: Universidad de Sevilla. (accepted for publication in 2009)
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