Respectful, responsible and reciprocal ruralities research: approaching and positioning educational research differently within Australian rural communities

Brown, Alice and Danaher, P. A. (2012) Respectful, responsible and reciprocal ruralities research: approaching and positioning educational research differently within Australian rural communities. In: Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (AARE 2012): Regional and Global Cooperation in Educational Research, 2-6 Dec 2012, Sydney, Australia.

This is the latest version of this item.

[img] Text (Published Version)
Brown_Danaher_AARE-APERA_2012_PV.pdf

Download (313Kb)
[img] Text (Documentation)
AARE2012.pdf

Download (2108Kb)

Abstract

One approach that is helpful in framing and facilitating effective and ethical rural education research projects is centred on ensuring that researcher–participant relations are respectful, responsible and reciprocal, predicated on the shared principles of CHE (connectivity, humanness and empathy). This approach derives from a strengths-based paradigm that eschews deficit discourses about supposedly marginalised groups in favour of more enabling and productive narratives.
This paper illustrates the appropriateness and utility of this approach to researching ruralities through a comparative analysis of two separate research projects involving rural residents in different parts of Queensland, Australia. One study investigated the approaches taken by selected rural families to enhancing the physical movement opportunities and experiences of their young children. The other inquiry explored the formal and informal learning aspirations and outcomes of members of mobile show or fairground communities whose itineraries pass through a succession of rural towns.
The paper highlights ways in which the researchers, despite approaching and positioning educational research differently in their respective projects, worked to maximise the outcomes accruing to the participants. This maximising is a pre-requisite of educational research that provides mutual benefits to participating communities and that builds on their ruralities respectfully, responsibly and reciprocally.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 23153
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No indication of copyright restrictions. This paper was double-blind refereed.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 10:40
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: active play; Australia; children; families; mobility; rural education; ruralities; show people; higher education research
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23153

Available Versions of this Item

  • Respectful, responsible and reciprocal ruralities research: approaching and positioning educational research differently within Australian rural communities. (deposited 25 Mar 2013 10:40) [Currently Displayed]

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only