An alternative view of mixed methods research: learning with and from indigenous ways of knowing

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Austin, Jon and Williams-Mozley, John. 2012. "An alternative view of mixed methods research: learning with and from indigenous ways of knowing ." Hikuroa, Daniel (ed.) 5th Biennial InternatIonal Indigenous Development Research Conference (NPM 2012): Indigenous Transformation through Research Excellence. Auckland, New Zealand 27 - 30 Jun 2012 Auckland, New Zealand.
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An alternative view of mixed methods research: learning with and from indigenous ways of knowing

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsAustin, Jon (Author) and Williams-Mozley, John (Author)
EditorsHikuroa, Daniel
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 5th Biennial InternatIonal Indigenous Development Research Conference (NPM 2012)
Number of Pages7
Year2012
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
Auckland
ISBN9780986462245
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.indigenousdevelopment2012.ac.nz
Conference/Event5th Biennial InternatIonal Indigenous Development Research Conference (NPM 2012): Indigenous Transformation through Research Excellence
Event Details
5th Biennial InternatIonal Indigenous Development Research Conference (NPM 2012): Indigenous Transformation through Research Excellence
Event Date
27 to end of 30 Jun 2012
Event Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Abstract

One of the signature issues of this current punctuation point in the development of qualitative research and method (Toms, 2007) is that of the veracity, honesty and feasibility of mixed methods (see, for example, Archibald, 2008). Many of the commentators on mixed methods research presume the ingredients of the mixture are to be drawn from 'standard' qualitative and quantitative approaches. A more interesting question attaches to moving the tiles of the methodological kaleidoscope a fraction and considering what the debates might become were the addends of a mixed methods approach to research be imagined differently; viz. as indigenous and non-indigenous research paradigms or methods.
This paper looks to explore the contribution such a 'mixed methods' approach might make to the research capacities, repertoires and confidence of both indigenous and non-indigenous researchers. It reports on the design and conduct of a research development program that drew together Australian Aboriginal and white researchers where the aim was to share and mutually develop approaches to research. A specific example of the potential enhancement of spoken data gathering through interview and yarning, as a research method is explored.

Keywordsorality; indigenous research methods; yarning; interview; oral traditions
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450199. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history not elsewhere classified
500305. Epistemology
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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