RTC:Rural - Participatory Curriculum Development for Health and Independent Living for Disabled People: A Qualitative Study of Participant Experiences

July 20, 2022

A host of RTC:Rural researchers worked with Center for Independent Living staff members through participatory curriculum development to create and update curriculum for in-person, web-based delivery. Engaging members of the intended audiences in the curriculum development process in this way is a relatively new approach to health promotion. Developing curriculum for and with disabled people had not previously been done, and is shown to be a valuable, worthwhile approach.

Researchers identify and explore three main themes among participants: learning, collaborating, and empowering. Within these themes, researchers and participants alike examine the process and group dynamic of creating the curriculum with as much attention as the end product.