ERIC Number: ED466894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Research: A Cultural Bridge.
Vallance, Roger J.; Tchacos, E.
An ongoing qualitative cross-cultural research project, using ethnographic methods of immersion and reference to the lived experience, is addressing the high rates of Indigenous youth suicide in remote Kimberley (Western Australia) communities. To ensure that cultural sensitivities are observed and work toward valid data collection and analysis, local research assistants are being trained to interface between the research team and local peoples. It is hoped that this training will raise local individuals' skill levels as well as produce meaningful data in these remote communities. This paper explores the issues encountered in building cultural bridges through the research assistants' training. A network of community contacts and interested parties was used to invite possible research assistants, and it was decided to accept all who applied. Eight trainees took part in 9 days of training. Participants were evenly divided by gender and whether they lived in a town or remote area, but most were younger than 30. After initial discussions about confidentiality and respect, training sessions were problem-centered, focusing on who should be interviewed about youth suicide and how the interviews should be conducted. In addition to developing potentially useful interview procedures and increasing trainees' skills and self-confidence, the training also increased understanding and communication between the two cultural groups. The researchers' developing understanding of Aboriginal notions of kinship and "shame" is discussed. (Contains 13 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Cross Cultural Studies, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Personnel, Indigenous Populations, Intercultural Communication, Participatory Research, Research Assistants, Research Projects, Social Science Research
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/01pap/val01102.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia