Researching Remote Aboriginal Children's Services: it's all about rules

Fasoli, Lyn and James, Ranu (2007) Researching Remote Aboriginal Children's Services: it's all about rules. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8 (4). pp. 332-343. ISSN 1463-9491

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This article identifies problems, issues and insights through critical reflection on the rules, written and unwritten, which encroach on the research process in the ‘Both Ways’ project. The project investigates the development and sustainability of remote Aboriginal children’s services in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. Children’s services, such as child-care centres and outside-schoolhours care, are fairly recent phenomena in the NT, with only a handful of services receiving government funding in 1995, increasing to approximately 100 in 2006. This article focuses on problems, issues and insights gained from conducting cross-cultural research in this unique context. In many ways, these insights apply to all research but take on added importance in Aboriginal research contexts where exploitation and unequal power relations continue to exist. Advice, illustrated with practical examples, is provided for researchers endeavouring to undertake cross-cultural research.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2011 00:16
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 00:16

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