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Transdisciplinary research and Aboriginal knowledge

Christie, Michael J. (2006). Transdisciplinary research and Aboriginal knowledge. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education,35:78-89.

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IRMA ID 81110227xPUB36
Title Transdisciplinary research and Aboriginal knowledge
Author Christie, Michael J.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 35
ISSN 1326-0111   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 78
End Page 89
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Qld, Australia
Publisher University of Queensland
Field of Research 1303 - Specialist Studies in Education
1608 - Sociology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Indigenous academic researchers are involved in Indigenist, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, all of which present problems and opportunities for Indigenous knowledge traditions. Transdisciplinary research is different from interdisciplinary research because it moves beyond the disciplinarity of the university and takes into account knowledge practices which the university will never fully understand. Indigenous knowledge traditions resist definition from a Western academic perspective – there are Indigenous knowledge practices which will never engage with the academy, just as there are some branches of the academy which will never acknowledge Indigenous knowledge practices. In this paper I present the story of my own non-Indigenous perspective on Indigenous research and what happens to it in a university. I am not concerned here with the knowledge production work Aboriginal people do in their own ways and contexts for their own purposes, but rather turn my attention to some of the issues which emerge when transdisciplinary research practice involves Australian Indigenous communities.
 
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