ERIC Number: ED458049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Making Research Count at Minimbah Aboriginal Preschool, Armidale NSW.
Roberts, Dianne; Power, Kerith
This interview with Dianne Roberts, director of the Minimbah Aboriginal Preschool in Armidale, New South Wales (Australia), explores research issues, leadership styles, and how decision making and responsibilities are handled at Minimbah. Incoming researchers must show how research will benefit the community under study, how they will work in collaboration with the people they will be researching, and how the research will contribute funds to help support Minimbah's programs. A longitudinal study of Aboriginal children at Minimbah demonstrates the advantages of this approach. Working with parents turned the research into a united community venture. Videotapes of the children were viewed by the community, and parents commented and offered conclusions. The community ended up saying how much the research benefitted the community and their children. Leadership functions at Minimbah are spread throughout the organization. Although the typical hierarchy is present within the management committee and staffing structure, individual staff members find freedom to speak and act and a measure of responsibility incorporated into each job description. Staff members have control over the budget for their own functions, and each staff member has a turn of planning and directing the programs, setting up the environment, maintaining the room, or supervising the outdoor program. This approach enables individuals to be powerful in the preschool. (TD)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Community Involvement, Culturally Relevant Education, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Personnel, Interviews, Leadership Styles, Participative Decision Making, Participatory Research, Power Structure, Preschool Education
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/98pap/pow98170.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia