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dc.contributor.authorHoward-Watkins, Demetria C. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2006-05-16T18:15:51Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:13:35Z
dc.date.issued2006-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationHoward-Watkins, D. C. (2006). The Austin, Texas African-American quality of life initiative as a community of inquiry: An exploratory study. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3479
dc.description.abstract

This applied research project used the African-American Quality of Life Initiative in Austin, Texas as a case study to explore pragmatic community of inquiry principles. A community of inquiry is defined by a problematic situation, reinforced by a "scientific or experimental attitude" and linked together by participatory democracy (Shields, 2003, 511). In March 2005, a revised City of Austin Quality of Life Scorecard revealed that African-American residents experienced a strikingly different quality of life from other Austin residents. Subsequent community feedback categorized recommendations into six priority areas from which action plans were developed. Six Implementation Teams, co-chaired by a City of Austin department director and an African-American community leader, met between July and October 2005 to finalize the recommendations. The teams presented the finished product to the Austin City Council on October 27, 2005.

Document and archival data analysis and structured interviews with Implementation Team co-chairs (a multiple evidence collection method) provided evidence that either supported or refuted the three working hypotheses developed to determine the application of community of inquiry principles.

The findings established the use of community of inquiry principles to some degree by all Implementation Teams. Most teams created an environment that fostered "critical optimism" (Working Hypothesis 1) and promoted participatory democracy (WH 3). Most teams also used a scientific approach (WH 2) to tackle recommendations. With the exception of one team, there was scant evidence that teams used working hypotheses (WH2 c) to test recommendations. This research project focused on Implementation Team meetings during the nascent stage of the Quality of Life Initiative. Perhaps, that explains the limited application of working hypotheses.

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dc.format.extent157 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2006.
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_US
dc.subjectAustinen_US
dc.subjectTexasen_US
dc.subjectCommunity of inquiryen_US
dc.subjectDeweyen_US
dc.subjectPragmatismen_US
dc.subjectCase studyen_US
dc.titleThe Austin, Texas African-American Quality of Life Initiative as a Community of Inquiry: An Exploratory Studyen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShields, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJones, Ammy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberYoungblood, Arlene
txstate.departmentPolitical Science


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