ERIC Number: ED467400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
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Research: Documenting an Urban/Rural Aboriginal Culture.
Weir, Margaret R.
During research on cultural differences in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pedagogy, it became obvious that the lack of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural typology was impeding research progress. The author's cultural heritage group, the Malara People, a subgroup of the Bandjalang People of northern New South Wales, agreed that their oral history heritage could be documented and used for educational purposes. Data were collected from three reference subgroups through interviews, group discussions, and general conversation. Using phenomenological analysis, a cultural typology was constructed in accord with Malara People's knowledge transmission guidelines, in which knowledge is available to all or is limited to Aboriginal persons, Malara People, family members, or those who have the right to know sacred information. Material on the Malara People's world view was organized into five categories depicted as circles: clan law based on the Creator's laws, knowledge as beliefs, values, behavioral norms, and Malara People's teachings that underpin both spiritual and practical learning. Research problems arose because Western methodological frameworks are based on theoretical principles inconsistent with the spiritual and theoretical principles of the Malara People. The broad principles of reflexivity were less inappropriate than other commonly used frameworks. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia