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Indigenous Research

  • By: Louise Lockard
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Just as curriculum studies encompasses the curriculum as culturally and politically situated, indigenous research is grounded in the social-historical conditions of the indigenous community and in the positionality of the indigenous researcher as a member of the community. Linda Tuhiwai Smith describes the work of the indigenous researcher in framing the research question in terms of indigenous politics and cultural action. Whose questions are posed? Whose interests does the research serve? Who will reflect on the significance of the research? Who will share the research? Indigenous research seeks to deconstruct the Eurocentric models of the past and to regain the critical consciousness of the cultural, historical, and linguistic roots of indigenous peoples. Indigenous research regains this critical consciousness through the teachings, stories, and actions of ...

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