The Pacific research paradigm: opportunities and challenges

Tualaulelei, Eseta ORCID: and McFall-McCaffery, Judy (2019) The Pacific research paradigm: opportunities and challenges. MAI Journal, 8 (2). pp. 188-204.


Around the world, favourable social and political circumstances have encouraged the development of academically non-traditional ways of researching. This article explores the recent proliferation of research approaches from Pacific and Pasifika communities which, in some Australian and New Zealand contexts, are attracting increased interest from policymakers and researchers. We present a socio-historical account of how the Pacific research paradigm emerged and some key contemporary Pacific research approaches within this paradigm. We then critique aspects of the paradigm’s development by discussing opportunities and challenges. Our main argument is for researcher reflexivity and dialogue, important for the development and sustainability of research inspired by Pacific ways of knowing and being. We believe this will lead to research in which Pacific communities will recognise themselves and their aspirations for the future.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version not made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2019 05:36
Last Modified: 05 May 2021 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pacific Island, Pasifika, Oceania, research paradigm, research approaches, Indigenous knowledge
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200210 Pacific Cultural Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130311 Pacific Peoples Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220208 History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939906 Pacific Peoples Education
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.20507/MAIJournal.2019.8.2.7

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