Incorporating Indigenous knowledge into research practice

Carey, Melissa (2011) Incorporating Indigenous knowledge into research practice. World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium Journal, 2011. pp. 37-44. ISSN 1177 - 1364

Abstract

This paper discusses the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge within contemporary research practice. It has arisen from an opportunity to work with I-Kiribati students undertaking an Australian tertiary education. Given the problem of undertaking research within this group it quickly became evident to me that there was a need to utilise a research approach that enhanced understanding of the authentic lived experiences of the I-Kiribati students. This has led to the development of the Authentic Human Engagement Framework which provides the underpinning guide to the research process. This framework combines the traditional ethnographic methods with contemporary Four Seasons of Ethnography by Gonzalez (2000). This approach was inspired by Māori ancestors and a desire to more deeply understand my I-Kiribati cousins. This approach has enabled a deeper understanding of the I-Kiribati experience and the researcher’s journey which could not have been obtained by using western scientific approaches alone. It has provided an authenticity, balance and a harmonious way of being to establish a research partnership which enabled the participants to be present throughout the research process.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The 2011 issue of this journal has the individual title: Indigenous Research: Elders & Knowledgeable Others in Higher Education. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 01:44
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 03:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous research, Kiribati, health, authentic
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30400

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