Three-partner dancing: placing participatory action research into practice within and indigenous, racialised & academic space

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dc.contributor.author Chow, Winnie
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-16T01:11:54Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-16T01:11:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007-08-16T01:11:54Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/190
dc.description.abstract Historically, most research on Indigenous peoples has been framed by Western empirical positivism which fundamentally conflicts with Indigenous circular ways of knowing. Current research governing bodies, scholars, and Indigenous communities have generated new theories and guidelines for research structures that support respectful and meaningful practices with Indigenous peoples. Participatory action research (PAR) attempts to address the unequal power structures inherent in research relationships: participants set the agenda for the research and are co-researchers in the project. In this study, I placed PAR theory into action to problematize research practices and to generate new discourses for research within an Indigenous context. The Lil’wat Nation and I collaborated on a PAR project in 2006-2007 that led to the formation of the Lil’wat Girls’ and Women’s Affirmation Group. Through the process of reflection-in-action we identified several opportunities for growth as we examined PAR theory in practice. Using decolonizing research methods and a metaphor of the Lil’wat s7istken (pit house), the model of practice wove between three distinct worlds with divergent protocols and pedagogies: the worlds of the Lil’wat, academia, and the researcher’s racialized lived experiences. This model of practice aimed to disrupt the essentialized dichotomies of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships and to problematize research practices for the academic and research communities to consider for their practice. The findings exposed several lessons at sites of praxis pertaining to the intersection of PAR theory and practice: definition of the community; ethics in the community; racialized researcher space; and PAR incongruence. The model was intended not as a “how to” manual, but as an entry point for discussions to advance respectful decolonizing research practices. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Participatory Action Research en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Research en_US
dc.subject Decolonization of Research Methodologies en_US
dc.subject Research Ethics en_US
dc.subject Researcher Hybridity en_US
dc.subject Cross-Cultural Relationships en_US
dc.subject Community-University Collaboration en_US
dc.subject Transformative Engagement en_US
dc.subject Racialisation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Education en_US
dc.title Three-partner dancing: placing participatory action research into practice within and indigenous, racialised & academic space en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Williams, Lorna
dc.degree.department Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US

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