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The value of circles and the dangers of straight lines

Hosken, Norah 2010, The value of circles and the dangers of straight lines, in 2010 : Building new cultural intelligence for 21st century problems :Proceedings of Next Generation of Cultural Research conference, U.W.S, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 1-1.

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Title The value of circles and the dangers of straight lines
Author(s) Hosken, NorahORCID iD for Hosken, Norah orcid.org/0000-0001-7381-2913
Conference name Next Generation of Cultural Research. Conference (2010 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 20-21 Sept.2010
Title of proceedings 2010 : Building new cultural intelligence for 21st century problems :Proceedings of Next Generation of Cultural Research conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Next Generation of Cultural Research Conference
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher U.W.S
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) South Sudan
cross-cultural
whiteness
Summary This article focuses on how respectful learning relationships based on reciprocity between a Anglo-western raised educator and South Sudanese Australian students and graduates in social work and welfare courses in a regional location have (re)shaped the development of a research process. A reflective critique is intertwined with a description of my search (as an experienced practitioner but new researcher) for an appropriate ethical cross cultural framework for researching and advocating with a small ethnic population in a regional location. This includes a description of the process of exploring the need for, and positioning of, changing and re-creating relationships between the ‘researcher(s)’ and the ‘researched’ as co-authors; co-researchers; collaborators and participants to address issues of selfdetermination and power in the context of cross cultural research, education and human rights. The motivation to research seems a pivotal part of ethics in cross cultural research. As an educator I became concerned that the courses I taught in, and my own teaching practices, were (unintentionally) discriminatory. There appeared to be a lack of acknowledgement and/or action regarding the ingrained Western whiteness permeated and privileged knowledge and approaches in the construction and delivery of courses. I did not think I was adequately responding to, recognising or incorporating the different knowledge’s, strengths and needs of South Sudanese Australian students and graduates. There was a lack of fit between the academic rhetoric of human rights and diversity and my/our educator practice. This article explores the ‘corralling’ effect of mainstream research culture with attention to its potential for seduction and corruption that tends to separate the passion from the researcher, the researcher from the researched, and the actual issue(s) of concern ….from everyone.

Language eng
Field of Research 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category L3 Extract of paper (minor conferences)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054693

Document type: Conference Paper
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