This seminar introduced methodological and epistemological considerations related to Indigenous knowledge’s and their choices of scientific research method preferences. Participants analysed current praxis and develop skills including a critical vocabulary around some of the following questions:
- What are ethical processes and responsibilities in Indigenous Research when working in Indigenous communities?
- How to protect Indigenous knowledge’s and intellectual property rights?
- How can we understand traditional cultural systems which sustain and influence oral tradition?
- What methodological challenges arise in Indigenous research?
- What are supervision issues in Indigenous Research?
Participants engaged readings through activity and discussion and participated in discussions which examine the roles of researchers to inform a broad set of concerns in educational ethnography. Participants participated in an advanced discussion on First Peoples' lived community experience while examining their own research and writing practices.
Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years. His previous appointment was the Dean Indigenous Education at the University of Adelaide. Past positions include Director of Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education and the Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre at Flinders University. He has a Doctorate PhD by Research and is a Professor of Education.