Advancing research, international partnerships
Brown School faculty participate in extended summer seminar in China
More than 150 international social work students recently completed work in a first-of-its-kind intensive summer seminar focused on advanced research methods. The event was presented thanks to an ongoing partnership between Washington University in St. Louis and its McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU).
International social work students recently completed work in a first-of-its-kind intensive summer seminar focused on advanced research methods. The 11-day event was presented thanks to an ongoing partnership between Washington University in St. Louis and its McDonnell International Scholars Academy partner Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU). The workshop’s goal was to provide important tools for social work practitioners and researchers working in other countries, including China.
“The social work profession in China is still relatively new,” said Shenyang Guo, the Frank J. Bruno Distinguished Professor of Social Work Research at the Brown School. Guo is also assistant vice chancellor for international affairs-Greater China.
“Over the past couple of decades, many new ideas have been implemented by social work practitioners there,” Guo said. “However, there still needs to be a sharper focus on research methods, particularly as they become ready to share what they’ve learned in the field.”
More than 150 faculty members, graduate students and practitioners took part in the special advanced workshop, which began July 19 at XJTU’s campus in Xi’an, China. Students from six universities in the the United Kingdom and the U.S. — the Brown School among them — took part. The Brown School, in collaboration with XJTU, hosted the event.
Students learned from Washington University senior faculty, including Enola Proctor, the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor at the Brown School, who presented sessions on implementation science; Carolyn Lesorogol, professor and associate dean for global strategy and programs, who taught qualitative research methods; and Guo, who focused on quantitative research methods. Linyun Fu, manager of global programs at the Brown School, led the Teaching Assistant team comprised of Washington University alumni Jiamin Chen and Qi Chen.
授课教师由华盛顿大学高级师资组成，包括布朗学院杰出教授伊诺拉•普洛柯特（Enola Proctor）, 讲授执行力；全球战略及项目副院长卡罗琳•勒索洛格（Carolyn Lesorogol）教授，讲授定性研究方法；郭申阳教授则集中讲授定量研究方法。布朗学院全球项目经理付琳赟则负责助教团队，包括华盛顿大学校友陈佳旻和陈奇。
“Some of the students told us this was the best workshop they’d ever had, and practitioners told us they were impressed by the amount of information we were able to impart in such a short time,” said Jin Peng, deputy director of XJTU’s Department of Sociology and a Washington University alumna.
The workshop was first discussed in October during “Washington University Day” held at XJTU. Guo said that the event served as a catalyst, which set the wheels in motion for the summer workshop, with support from Mary McKay, the Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School, and Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton. Wrighton, along with XJTU’s President Shuguo Wang, attended the workshop’s opening ceremony and gave remarks.
召开暑期班的想法首次于去年10月份在西安交通大学举办“华盛顿大学日”期间提出。郭申阳教授指出这一活动是此次暑期班顺利举办的催化剂，同时还得到了布朗学院玛丽•麦肯（Mary McKay）院长、前校长马克•莱顿（Mark Wrighton）和西安交通大学王树国校长的支持。他们也都参加了暑期班开幕式并致辞。