Voyaging in and writing back: charting a course of action sensitive to intercultural difference

Young, Kathryn (2008) Voyaging in and writing back: charting a course of action sensitive to intercultural difference. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 77-87. ISBN 9781921214318


The term 'capacity building' is often associated with the work of western consultants within non-western educational settings. From the perspective of consultants, this term is 'troubling' because when plurality and difference in such a context are encountered the consultants have few reference points to assist them move out from under how they know themselves and others premised on the lens of the culture they bring with them. There remains a real risk that, when difference is encountered, it is dismissed as having little importance or value. As a result, the consultants are likely to remain positioned and stunted within their cultural formations, blunting a capacity to reflect on the implications of difference in their work and their responses to the issues and challenges such a project entails as they seek to chart a course to serve the needs of their counterparts on their own terms.
This chapter draws on narrative research based on the accounts of two of the author's colleagues' experience in western education that pointed to directing experiences that appear to be implicated in their time in western
education in Papua New Guinea. Such insights offer multiple lenses to reveal a plurality of knowledge and understandings and to traverse this troubling terrain to make difference the grounds for intervention, premised on a more generative edge in understanding and practice - voyaging in and writing back.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2009 05:26
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Papua New Guinea; education; intercultural differences
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5591

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