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How can talanoa be used effectively an an indigenous research methodology with Tongan people?

'Otunuku, Mo'ale (2011) How can talanoa be used effectively an an indigenous research methodology with Tongan people? Pacific-Asian Education, 23 (2). pp. 43-52. ISSN 1019-8725

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    Abstract

    The nature of Pasifiki peoples conducting indigenous education research in New Zealand is now contested by some scholars and researchers. These scholars and researchers claim that the standard procedures for doing research on indigenous peoples are inappropriate and therefore advocate new, more grounded approaches. This raises questions such as, what do these research studies look like and can they actually be effective? This paper discusses the reality of doing talanoa research with a group of Tongan parents and caregivers of secondary school students in New Zealand. The research aimed to obtain rich descriptions of how the participants understand New Zealand school processes. The research was able to collect valuable data and, at the same time, observe participants' cultural values. It demonstrates that in undertaking talanoa focus groups with Pasifika participants, researchers will sometimes need to depart from more task-oriented practices in order to successfully collect data while practicing appropriate protocols with the participants.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Institute of Education
    Depositing User: Mo`ale `Otunuku
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 13:50
    Last Modified: 04 Oct 2013 13:50
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/6879
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