Qualitative research: A Wiradjuri perspective.

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    This paper discusses qualitative research from an Indigenous (Wiradjuri) perspective; a perspective that comes from having a foot in both camps so to speak. Not an easy task! To be able to do this requires a skill that has to be acquired over time, a skill that can only be acquired if one is Indigenous and has been assimilated...to a point...into non-Indigenous ways of being.It is my argument that research on Indigenous peoples should always be undertaken from an approach that gives "voice" to participants. It is imperative that Indigenous peoples "see" themselves in the final product, they can understand that the information given has been used in such a way that they can recognise their own individual reactions and responses to the questions that were asked of them during the interview process. The reactions and responses of Indigenous participants must "show" through in the final product.This paper does not offer a model for qualitative research, not does it endorse models developed and pushed onto the research stage by anthopologists, archaeologists, and researchers of dubvious intentions. rather the paper highlights how there is no one model that can be utilised when one wishes to conduct research into Indigenous peoples and / or issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationQualitative Research as Interpretive Practice
    Subtitle of host publicationVoice, identity and reflexivity
    EditorsGail Whiteford
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherCentre for research into Professional Practice, Learning and Education.
    Number of pages1
    ISBN (Electronic)1864671734
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventResearch Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE) Conference - Albury, Australia
    Duration: 22 Sept 200523 Sept 2005


    ConferenceResearch Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE) Conference


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