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Provides a balance of Indigenous research theory and practice. The unit will help you to establish structures and procedures to provide a firm ethical and functional foundation to your research within an Indigenous context. Comparisons between Indigenous and non-Indigenous research theory and practice will be contextualised. You will be able to recognise, and should be committed to protect Indigenous intellectual and cultural property rights in research. You will be encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of legal, ethical and professional practice issues in research. On completion of the unit you will able to construct a research proposal, including defining a research topic and inquiry, outline a research methodology, and prepare ethics documents.
Topic 1: Australian Aboriginal research histories
Topic 2: Principles and theory of Indigenous research
Topic 3: Methods and functions of Indigenous research practice
Topic 4: Personal v. professional issues in research
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain the principles and ethical research policy and practice||Creativity||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|2||analyse various research methodologies appropriate to the fields of study||Creativity||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|3||critique the theory of Indigenous research versus different research methodologies as they would be applied in the field||Creativity||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|4||apply the principles of Intellectual Property and Copyright protection in all work with indigenous peoples||Creativity||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|5||critically discuss representation, legal and ethical issues in research||Creativity||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|6||prepare an ethics committee application for a research proposal||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|7||construct a research proposal.||Creativity||Ethical practice||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
- Kovach, M, 2009, Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversation and Context, University of Toronto Press, Toronto.
- Martin, KL, 2008, Please knock before you enter: Aboriginal regulation of Outsider and the implications for researchers, Post Pressed, Teneriffe, Qld.
- Wilson, S, 2008, Research is ceremony: Indigenous research methods , 1st edn, Fernwood publishing, Nova Scotia.
Teaching and assessment
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