Respect and challenge: Relational leadership through Indigenous research postgraduate supervision

Michelle Evans, Annette Gainsford, Reece George

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Indigenous research supervision practice is something of ‘a path found by walking it’ with little published research detailing the practices of Indigenous supervisors in the academy (Grant, 2010). A small but critical literature investigating the experience of Indigenous research students has developed. For example Trudgett (2009) details the challenges Indigenous research students’ face during their candidature. This chapter proposes a fledging supervision practice framework, referencing the work of Raelin (2003) by positing supervision relationships as a place where relational leadership emerges (Henry & Wolfgramm, 2015). What follows is an asynchronous dialogue between an Aboriginal supervisor and her two Aboriginal research students in an attempt to strike a theoretical framework that houses the kinds of values we practice in our research supervision relationship. All authors speak in the first person, disrupting the otherwise more scholarly tone of the chapter. We think that this presents the tensions faced in Indigenous research as we attempt to uphold Indigenous voices as well as attend to creating scholarly knowledge inside the academy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous postgraduate education
Subtitle of host publicationIntercultural perspectives
EditorsKaren Trimmer, Debra Hoven, Pigga Keskitalo
Place of PublicationCharlotte, NC
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781648021114
ISBN (Print)9781648021091, 9781648021107
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameResearch in Multicultural Education and International Perspectives


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