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Indigenous Pathways Into Social Research


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1. Introduction: Making visible indigenous approaches to research, Bagele Chilisa, Fiona Cram, and Donna M. Mertens 2. The role of researcher in a cultural context, Fiona Hornung, Australia 3. Indigenism, public intellectual and the forever opposed, or the makings of a 'hori academic', Brad Coombs, New Zealand 4. Promoting a culture of evaluation with roots in Sri Lanka, Soma de Silva, Sri Lanka 5. The context within: my journey into research, Manulani Meyer, Hawai'i 6. Researcher from Panama, Ricardo Millett, Panama 7. An African narrative: the journal of an indigenous social researcher in South Africa, Connie Moloi, South Africa 8. Indigenous research from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Simon Passingnan, Papua New Guinea 9. Hinerauwhariki: tapestries of life for four Maori women in evaluation, Nan Wehipeihana, Kataraina Pipi, Vivienne Kennedy, and Kirimatao Paipa, New Zealand 10. An Aboriginal health worker's research story, Juanita Sherwood, Australia 11. Becoming a Kaupapa Maori researcher, Cherryl Smith, New Zealand 12. Interpreting the journey: where words, stories formed, Victoria Hykes Steere, Alaska 13. The process that led me to become an indigenous researchers, Andrina Komala Lini Thomas, Vanuatu, Pacific Islands 14. Indigenous researcher's thoughts: An experience from research with communities in Burkina Faso using participatory methods, Issaka Herman Traore, Burkina Faso 15. Researcher in relationship with humans, the spirit world and the natural world, Polly Walker, Native American Cherokee 16. Drawn from the traditions of Cameroon: Lessons from 21 years of practice, Debazou Yantio Yantio, Cameroon 17. Nayo way in id issi: A family practice of indigenist research informed by land, Shawn Wilson and Alexandria Wilson, Opaskwayak Cree, Canada 18. Indigenous research from the heel of the earth, Looee Okalik, Inuk, Canada 19. From refusal to getting involved in Romani research, Rocio Garcia, Patricia Melgar and Teresa Sorde in conversation with Luisa Cortes, Coral Santiago, and Saray Santiago, Spain 20. Being and becoming indigenous social researchers, Gabriel Cruz Ignacio, Mexico 21. I did not get here by myself, Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, Japan 22. I never had any role models, Art Hernandez, Mexico 23. Alcoholism to indigenous research: My journey as a healer in interior Alaska, James Johnson, Alaska 24. Prospects and challenges of becoming an indigenous researcher in South Africa, Motheo Koitsiwe, South Africa 25. The pathway forward, Fiona Cram, Bagele Chilisa, Donna M. Mertens Index About the Authors

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Donna M. Mertens is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at Gallaudet University, where she teaches advanced research methods and program evaluation to deaf and hearing students. She also serves as editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. The primary focus of her work is transformative mixed-methods inquiry in diverse communities that prioritizes ethical implications of research in pursuit of social justice. Her recent books include Program Evaluation Theory to Practice: A Comprehensive Guide, Transformative Research and Evaluation, The Handbook of Social Research Ethics; Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (3rd ed.); Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education; and Parents and Their Deaf Children: The Early Years. She is widely published in the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, American Journal of Evaluation, American Annals of the Deaf, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Fiona Cram is the Director of a research, evaluation and training company, Katoa Ltd., in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a Ngati Kahungunu (indigenous tribe of New Zealand) and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Otago. She has held positions in the Departments of Psychology and Education at the University of Auckland and was a Senior Research Fellow in the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Peoples, University of Auckland. Most of her work is with Maori and Iwi (tribal) organizations and NGOs. Her research interests are wide ranging and include Maori health, community development, and research and evaluation ethics. Bagele Chilisa is an Associate Professor at the University of Botswana where she teachers research methods and evaluation courses. Her recent books include Educational Research: Towards Sustainable Development, Research Methods for Adult Educators in Africa, and Indigenous Research Methodologies. Indigenous Research Methodologies is the first textbook that situates research in a larger, historical, cultural and global context and draws on indigenous knowledge from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Asia. Her research focuses on the development of research methodologies that are relevant, context specific and appropriate in African contexts and other culturally complex communities. She writes about and practices research methodologies that make visible the voices of those who continue to supper oppression and discrimination on the basis of sex, race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or social class.

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