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Our next moment-putting the collaborative into participatory action research

Bat, Melodie M. (2008). Our next moment-putting the collaborative into participatory action research. In: Jeffery, PL AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference - Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, QLD, 30 November - 04 December, 2008.

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Author Bat, Melodie M.
Title Our next moment-putting the collaborative into participatory action research
Conference Name AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference - Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures
Conference Location Brisbane, QLD
Conference Dates 30 November - 04 December, 2008
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference
Editor Jeffery, PL
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Publication Year 2008
ISSN 1324-9339   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 13
Total Pages 13
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Representation in research is about power (Hepi et al 2007; González & Lincoln 2006; Henry et al 2002) and where power imbalances exist due to socio-cultural, linguistic or economic difference, ethical practice requires the resolution of ethical conflicts. When the researcher is non-Indigenous and the research participants are Indigenous, as is the case in this study, the cross-cultural ethical challenges present an opportunity for a deeper consideration of the process. The journey itself becomes an important facet of the research. Major reviews of appropriate cross-cultural research methodology in both Australia and the international context have highlighted the compatibility of qualitative research methods with the emerging directions of collaborative cross-cultural research (Ermine, Sinclair & Jeffery 2004; Henry et al 2002). Within qualitative research, there has been a prediction by Lincoln and Denzin (Denzin & Lincoln 2005, p.1123) that the next moment in qualitative research is one where issues of representation will become a focal point of further developments in the field. This paper explores the methodology of critical participatory action research and the use of collaborative thematic analysis to position cross-cultural research using video footage as part of this next moment. Through a reflective process, the author journeys through the ethics, the parameters and the opportunities of conducting ethical qualitative research in education in a cross-cultural context, to arrive at a posited ethical space that can be created through collaboration rather participation. This paper details a theoretical framework to create this ethical and collaborative approach, thus providing a valuable contribution to the exploration of the work being undertaken by qualitative researchers in the use of innovative and visual methods to meet the challenges of representation.Western knowledge, with its flagship of research, has often advanced into Indigenous Peoples communities with little regard for the notions of Indigenous worldviews and selfdetermination in human development. As a result, the history of Westernization in virtually all locations of the globe reads like a script of relentless disruption and dispossession of Indigenous Peoples with the resulting common pattern of cultural and psychological discontinuity for many in the Indigenous community. As the same script is replayed from nation to nation, reaction by Indigenous academics and other critics of the West will vary. Critique of research processes serves as a ray of hope that the intellectual community is not oblivious to impacts of a research regime that operates solely from a Western standpoint on the Indigenous community.
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