Amplifying the voice of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander VET stakeholders using research methodologies: Volume 1

Guenther, John, Osborne, Sam, Arnott, Allen, McRae-Williams, Eva and Disbray, Samantha Amplifying the voice of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander VET stakeholders using research methodologies: Volume 1. In: 7th AVETRA International Conference: Informing changes in VET policy and practice: The central role of research, 22-23 April, Surfers Paradise QLD.

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Abstract

Researchers in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts within Australia are frequently faced with the challenges of working in an intercultural space where channels of communication are garbled with interference created by the complexities of misunderstood worldviews, languages, values and expectations. A concern of many researchers in these contexts is to ensure that the voices of research participants in remote communities are not only accurately represented, but are allowed to transcend the noise of dominant paradigms, policies and practices.

This paper brings together the experiences of five researchers in the space of remote vocational education and training. The authors present three vignettes from research in the context of health, employment and education. These vignettes highlight some of the conundrums for researchers as they attempt to harmonise the aims of research with the expectations of organisations involved. Wrapped around these vignettes, the authors highlight the progressive thinking associated with Indigenist and culturally responsive methodologies, and draw together conclusions that may assist other researchers in their attempts to find ways that support the credibility, integrity and validity of the research process while at the same time doing the same for the voices of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Research Collaboration Area: Education
Livelihoods
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2015 05:54
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2015 05:54
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/403

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