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ERIC Number: EJ1177545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"Veivosaki-Yaga": A Culturally Appropriate Indigenous Research Method in Fiji
Tagicakiverata, Isimeli Waibuta; Nilan, Pam
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v31 n6 p545-556 2018
This article reports on the development of a new culturally sensitive approach to collecting group discussion data in the Pacific: "veivosaki-yaga." The new approach was developed during a project on Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) in multicultural Fiji. One challenge was to gain understanding from villages of parental attitudes towards TVET. While focus groups proved to answer the purpose for Indian Fijian parents, they were deemed culturally inappropriate for Indigenous Fijian parents. As a 'de-colonising' Pacific methodology, "veivosaki-yaga" was judged to offer a culturally appropriate framework. Arising from strategic communication conventions in Indigenous Fijian culture," veivosaki-yaga" means 'worthwhile discussion'--of serious topics. It differs from the now well-known Pacific methodology approach of "talanoa," which is based on much more informal and free-flowing discussion. This paper does not engage the findings of the original project as such, but seeks to convey the value of a culturally appropriate methodological approach devised therein. It contributes to the currently evolving literature on Pacific methodologies in the field of qualitative educational research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Fiji
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