An alternative view of mixed methods research: learning with and from indigenous ways of knowing

Austin, Jon and Williams-Mozley, John (2012) An alternative view of mixed methods research: learning with and from indigenous ways of knowing. In: 5th Biennial InternatIonal Indigenous Development Research Conference (NPM 2012): Indigenous Transformation through Research Excellence, 27-30 Jun 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.

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One of the signature issues of this current punctuation point in the development of qualitative research and method (Toms, 2007) is that of the veracity, honesty and feasibility of mixed methods (see, for example, Archibald, 2008). Many of the commentators on mixed methods research presume the ingredients of the mixture are to be drawn from 'standard' qualitative and quantitative approaches. A more interesting question attaches to moving the tiles of the methodological kaleidoscope a fraction and considering what the debates might become were the addends of a mixed methods approach to research be imagined differently; viz. as indigenous and non-indigenous research paradigms or methods.
This paper looks to explore the contribution such a 'mixed methods' approach might make to the research capacities, repertoires and confidence of both indigenous and non-indigenous researchers. It reports on the design and conduct of a research development program that drew together Australian Aboriginal and white researchers where the aim was to share and mutually develop approaches to research. A specific example of the potential enhancement of spoken data gathering through interview and yarning, as a research method is explored.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright Ngä Pae o te Märamatanga and cannot be sold for profit by others.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 01:04
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 03:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: orality; indigenous research methods; yarning; interview; oral traditions
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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