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Ted Chelmow, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Wronka, You raise some very significant concerns about the reduction of resources for research. I share these concerns and appreciate the privilege to add to this dialogue. In recent years funding for research has dropped significantly across a range of areas: health, social policy, social science, the arts, history etc. I equate the term research with learning or education. I also reflect to what degree we sometimes need to research things. I simply mean that issues like poverty, racism or universal health care and universal education (whether it be vocational education or college) under certain light may need… Read more »

Dear Dr. Chelmow, To expand research initiatives on how to move towards a human rights culture, how wonderful! I couldn’t agree with you more. The challenge is to use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights documents that further expand upon the principles of the Universal Declaration as frames of reference for “meaningful” research, such as participatory-action research that you mention and let me add other approaches, like in-depth qualitative research interviewing, focused group interviewing, content analysis, and plain old observation, which some human rights activists have referred to as “bearing witness.” All those approaches are interrelated,… Read more »

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