To enable both a perspective change and a bridge between research, policy and practice, the Impart curriculum applies these principles:
- Interactive learning
- Mutual respect
- Practice-oriented research training
- Action learning
- Reflective dialogue
- Transformative learning methods
A Vision of Blended Learning
Impart incorporates a blended learning model that draws upon face to face instruction, facilitated dialogue and field experiences to provide an interactive and integrated learning experience for Trainees, Mentors and Collaborators. IMPART is currently delivered "locally".
In future, the IMPART Program Advisory Committee will explore a distributed mode for learning that will enable access for Trainees and Mentors who live outside the lower mainland of British Columbia . Videoconferencing, web casts, asynchronous chats on the web and telehealth are potential communication technologies being considered for implementation in the future.
A model for integrated health research provides the conceptual framework for an integrated approach to the study of gender, women and addictions research. The scaffolding of cross-sector partnership, multidisciplinary, mixed methodologies, reflexivity and dissemination of knowledge provides a useful heuristic for facilitated dialogue between health and clinical scientists, researchers, service providers and policy experts.
Fusion: A model for integrated health research
Drs. Lorraine Greaves and Penny Ballem (2001)
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
A cornerstone of Impart is the mentoring relationship provided by the Mentors who represent a range of disciplines including Neuroscience, Nursing, Sociology, Psychology and Epidemiology.
A primary Mentor is assigned to each successful applicant for the duration of the program. All Impart students have access to the entire group of Mentors during research seminars and off-site learning opportunities. The Mentors offer guidance and support in these areas:
- individualized Impart learning plan development
- conceptualizing research projects
- encouraging questions & discussions about research
- assistance with funding proposals.