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- ItemBoth sides now(2022) McGrath, JennyI am writing today to show love and respect to those child and youth care workers that came before me. There are too many to mention here but know that I see you and I value you. I have been in relationship with many of you throughout my career. You have inspired me, challenged me, and encouraged me. You gave me hope and helped me see possibilities, in myself, and for the field of child and youth care.
- ItemEarly-career experiences of TR practitioners in Australia, the United States, and Canada(2021) Gulamhusein, Shemine; Alford, Stewart; Hooker, TaylorThe objective of this article is to draw attention to the negotiations and navigations of early-career practitioners within the discipline of therapeutic recreation (TR). Three of us, from Australia, Canada, and the United States, who are actively engaged in practice and scholarship, come together to discuss the challenges we each face to highlight the importance of local and global collaborations, and to critically account for the complexities of entering the TR field. Ultimately, this article aims to explore why a practitioner would commit to the profession of TR, and obtain and maintain a TR certification.
- ItemStructural challenges and inequities in operating urban Indigenous early learning and child care programs in British Columbia(2021) Gerlach, Alison; Gulamhusein, Shemine; Varley, Leslie; Perron, MagnoliaFunding for urban, not-for-profit Indigenous early learning and childcare (ELCC) programs has not kept pace with a rapidly growing urban Indigenous population, increasing operational costs, and the rights of Indigenous children. In British Columbia (BC), closure of a prominent Indigenous ELCC program prompted a study of some of the key factors influencing the operation of Indigenous ELCC programs in BC. This qualitative research highlights the priorities, concerns, and recommendations for supporting the operational success of urban, not-for-profit Indigenous ELCC programs and upholding the rights of Indigenous children. These findings have relevance for Indigenous ELCC programs that are facing operational challenges in BC and other jurisdictions in Canada.
- ItemWho gets to be an expert?(2020) Magnuson, Doug; McGrath, JennyIn the past few months we have been flooded with graphs, models, and vocabulary about the spread of the virus. Here is a not-so-brief list of some of the words that appeared in newspapers, Twitter, and on Facebook in the first 30 days of the pandemic: Confirmed cases, presumptive cases, number of tests, number of positive tests, proportion of positive tests, log(2) scale, log(10) scale, exponential growth, linear growth, lagged effects, number of hospitalizations, number of patients on ventilators, number of ICU patients, deaths from COVID, deaths from COVID in hospitals compared to at home, time since the 10th confirmed case, percentage change, skewness, asymptomatic patients, deaths per million, deaths per 100,000, cases per million, infection rates, testing rates, percentage of positive rates, proportion of cases who have recovered, lag-corrected epidemiological curves, jurisdictional sampling, empirical vs. experimental results, modeling, r-nought, effective retransmission rate, false positives, false negatives, excess deaths, 7-day rolling average, contact tracing, community spread, social distancing, self-isolation, self-quarantine, flattening the curve. If you want to be an expert in infectious disease, these words are just the start of what you need to know. For the rest of us there are three choices: Learn all of these words and how to interpret the graphs associated with them, choose wisely which experts to follow, or ignore all of them and use “common sense.”