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ERIC Number: EJ1130812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Conducting Indigenous Research in Western Knowledge Spaces: Aligning Theory and Methodology
Singh, Myra; Major, Jae
Australian Educational Researcher, v44 n1 p5-19 Mar 2017
Walking simultaneously in two worlds as an Indigenous researcher, navigating Indigenous and Western epistemologies/methodologies can have its challenges. Indigenous methodologies have become an important element of qualitative research and have been increasingly taken up by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers. Indigenous methodologies seek to ensure that the research is culturally safe and culturally respectful through recognition of Indigenous worldviews, respect, and accountability. It is no longer research "on" or "about" Indigenous people, rather it is becoming research "for" and "with" Indigenous people. In this paper, we reflect on the experiences of an Indigenous researcher working with a non-Indigenous supervisor within an overarching Western theoretical framework of poststructuralism while also using Indigenous methodologies. We discuss the tensions and points of connection that emerged in the research design process. We suggest that Indigenous and Western epistemologies/methodologies do not have to be used to the exclusion of each other; they can be used effectively to complement and support each other.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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