Institute for Community Research
Curricula and Other Media

Curricula and Other Media

Curricula and Other Media

Participatory Action Research Curriculum for Empowering Youth.
(copyright, Institute for Community Research, 2004)

This curriculum is based on an action research model that promotes learning and change by actively engaging youth in discovering, collecting information about, and taking action on issues that directly affect them and their communities. It is a comprehensive, evidence-based program designed to guide facilitators interested in working with youth to become action researchers. The format is adaptable for both school and community settings. 303 pages – electronic PDF format. $75 USD

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Empowered Voices: A Participatory Action Research Curriculum for Girls.
(copyright, Institute for Community Research, 2001)

This is an award winning cooperative learning approach that focuses on girls’ development, improving and maintaining high self-esteem, strengthening the relationships among girls and between girls and women, and building critical thinking and problem solving skills. The curriculum is culturally and developmentally appropriate for pre- to early-adolescent Puerto Rican/Latina, African American, and Caribbean American girls. 510 Pages. Available on DVD. $40 USD

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Club Drugs: A Guide for Researchers, Students, and Educators.
(copyright, Institute for Community Research, 2007)

This text is a basic guide for researchers, students, and educators who are interested in the history and spread of club drugs, the neurological effects of these drugs on the human body, and local and national epidemiological trends in use. 121 pages – electronic PDF format. Available upon request.

Sounds Like Home: Connecticut Traditional Musicians.”

This selection of the state’s best traditional musicians from a wide variety of communities features Puerto Rican musica jibara, Tibetan folk songs, Franco-American fiddle music, Irish ballads, classical Cambodian songs, and Pontian Greek lyra music CD – 48:41. Available upon request.

Living Legends Exhibit Catalog.

Essays and photographic portraits of 13 Connecticut master traditional artists and their art forms. 47 pages. Available upon request.

Materials for Interventions, Research, and Cultural Conservation

Click on any of the following items to view research-informed films created by youth as part of ICR’s Participatory Action Research Program and other materials created for various research and intervention projects.

“Epic Bail” and “Not a Prescription for Dating” short films.

(copyright, Institute for Community Research, 2013).
These two short docudramas are based on true stories and research conducted by teens that explore teens’ experiences with the pressures and consequences of misusing prescription drugs. The films were developed and produced by youth as part of a social marketing campaign to prevent teen substance use.

View Epic Bail  | View Not a Prescription for Dating

“New Year’s Eve Party” short film.

(copyright, Institute for Community Research, 2012).
This short docudrama is based on research conducted by teens to better understand the issue of underage drinking from a youth perspective. The film was developed and produced by youth as an arts-based intervention for their peers. A “choose your own ending” style was used to produce an interactive learning environment for teens to reflect on ways that different characters could change the story outcome by making different decisions.

View New Year’s Eve Party film.

Podcasts: Available by phone request only: 860.278.2044

“Introduction to Qualitative Methods” (2014)

Part I and II available by phone request only.

“Focus Groups: An Overview and Critique” (2014)

Available by phone request only.

Curricula: Available in draft form, by phone request only: 860.278.2044


A training manual for creating CD release shows performed and produced by urban youth.

“Building Group Norms in Urban Middle Schools”

A 5th through 7th grade curriculum introducing group problem solving on social issues including substance abuse, sexuality and HIV. (Authors Bonnie Nastasi and Jean Schensul).

“Preventing MDMA Use in High School Students”

A theory driven curriculum for 9th and 10th graders.

“Vaccinate for Flu Prevention”

A curriculum for training community residents to mount campaigns to improve flu vaccination uptake among older adults of diverse backgrounds.