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'Research as dialogue' and cross-cultural consultations : confronting relations of power

Sanderson, Von and Allard, Andrea 2003, 'Research as dialogue' and cross-cultural consultations : confronting relations of power, Australian educational researcher, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 19-39.

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Title 'Research as dialogue' and cross-cultural consultations : confronting relations of power
Author(s) Sanderson, Von
Allard, Andrea
Journal name Australian educational researcher
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 39
Publisher AARE
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publication date 2003-04
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Keyword(s) Aboriginal community
Aboriginal education
Aboriginal power
Aboriginal students
cultural differences
cultural interrelationships
educational research
empowerment
experimenter characteristics
intercultural communication
participatory research
power structure
research methodology
Summary ln this paper, we discuss methodological issues that emerged as we worked through a small empirical research project, 'Engaging Aboriginal students in education through community empowerment'. Recent national policy statements (see, for example, MCEETYA 2000,. NBEET 1995) argue the importance of education/research that keeps the locus of control within the Aboriginal community as a means to further the goal of self-determination and improve educational outcomes. In keeping with these recommendations, our project aimed to challenge assimilationist frameworks and sought to 'empower' members of the local Aboriginal community through participation in the project. 'Research as dialogue' was a guiding principal and a primary aim was to listen actively to all key stakeholders in the remote community setting, particularly to lndigenous parents, students and teachers, in order to identify current strengths and concerns regarding the provision of culturally inclusive schooling. A proposed second stage of the project is to develop, on the basis of these consultations and in collaboration, community-based education projects that engage non-attending Aboriginal students. Here we discuss the consultative processes undertaken in stage one of the project, and critically analyse the difficulties as well as potential strengths of trying to form collaborative partnerships as researchers across cultural differences and with diverse community groups.
Notes Included with the kind permission of The Australian Association of Researchers in Education
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, ACER
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008606

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