The A.R.T. course is designed and led by "Coach" Stan Nussbaum, D.Th., Mission Trainer and Consultant with Global Mapping International. During the year 2000 the course is open only to persons recruited by the "assistant coaches" Dr. Nussbaum is training in selected mission organizations.
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Each A.R.T.ist (trainee) will design and carry out one small-scale field research project that has direct application to Christian mission strategy and/or problem-solving in his/her situation. The process includes identifying and promoting some practical results of the research.
a) Cross-cultural workers who have come up against some recurring middle-sized problem in their ministry that they think would be a key to a lot of other things if they could get to the bottom of it. ("Big" problems might require a year or two of research. "Small" problems would not justify even the work involved in this course. We look for "middle-sized" problems.)
b) Cross-cultural workers who are at or near the beginning of an unstructured, pioneer assignment and want to make good use of their initial "flounder time" via a structured research project.
c) People who may enroll in a masters or doctoral program in mission research and would like to get some training and experience, sharpen their research focus and improve their chances for a scholarship.
Note: Preference will be given to applicants who are best placed to become trainers themselves, passing the "Applied Research" methods on to others.
Part 1: Selecting and defining a focus for research
Week 1: Introduction; identifying four concerns arising from your ministry.
Week 2: Turning your four concerns into four research hypotheses.
Week 3: Weighing all your hypotheses and selecting the best one.
Part 2: Developing a strategy and a questionnaire
Week 4: Selecting field research methods and strategy appropriate for your hypothesis; introduction to writing questions.
Week 5: Developing your questions.
Week 6: Testing and re-writing your questions.
Part 3: Field research
Weeks 7-9: Doing the research and tallying the results
Part 4: Conclusions and follow-through
Week 10: Drafting your research report and your "application-of-results" document
Week 11: Doing follow-up interviews on unresolved matters; testing your "application" document with one or two key people
Week 12: Polishing and submitting the research report and the "application" document; beginning to promote your "application" document
This is non-formal education leading only to the "Applied Research Certificate" offered independently by Global Mapping International. The certificate is not accredited at this experimental stage. However, the skills and knowledge gained are exactly what is needed as the basis for a masters or doctoral research program based on field research. The "Coach" has supervised mission research at the doctoral level for the University of Birmingham, England, and assisted with doctoral exams for the University of Edinburgh. Some seminaries and colleges may give credit for this course under their "independent study" program; check with your institution about that possibility. The total number of student working hours will be approximately 160.
During the year 2000 only people invited by Dr. Nussbaum or his "assistant coaches" may apply.
Unlike nearly all academic programs, the Applied Research Certificate can be jointly earned by two people working together. As with a Nobel Prize, it may be impossible to tell which of the pair of recipients contributed how much to the process, but it is clear that the joint effort is a success. Details and fee information available on request.
If you are teaching a course similar to this or think you might want to learn how to become a coach for this course, please make yourself known to us at <ART@gmi.org>. Briefly state the nature of your interest and describe any relevant experience or credentials you hold. We are especially interested in finding people who would offer ART as an in-house training service to missionaries in their own agency.
Click here to go to the Application Forms for the Applied Research Training Course by E-Mail.
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