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Indigenous Research Methodologies

Indigenous Research Methodologies

First Edition

July 2011 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Following the increasing emphasis in the classroom and in the field to sensitize researchers and students to diverse epistemologies, methods, and methodologies - especially those of women, minority groups, former colonized societies, indigenous people, historically oppressed communities, and people with disabilities, author Bagele Chilisa has written the first research methods textbook that situates research in a larger, historical, cultural, and global context with case studies from around the globe to make very visible the specific methodologies that are commensurate with the transformative paradigm of research and the historical and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples.

Chapters cover the history of research methods, colonial epistemologies, research within postcolonial societies, relational epistemologies, emergent and indigenous methodologies, Afrocentric research, feminist research, language frameworks, interviewing, and building partnerships between researchers and the researched. The book comes replete with traditional textbook features such as key points, exercises, and suggested readings, which makes it ideally suited for graduate courses in research methods, especially in education, health, women's studies, cultural studies, sociology, and related social sciences.

Chapter 1. Situating Knowledge Systems
Chapter 2. Discovery and Recovery: Reading and Conducting Research Responsibly
Chapter 3. Whose Reality Counts? Research Methods in Question
Chapter 4. Postcolonial Indigenous Research Paradigms
Chapter 5. Theorizing on Social Science Research Methods: Indigenous Perspectives
Chapter 6. Culturally Responsive Indigenous Research Methodologies
Chapter 7. Decolonizing the Interview Method
Chapter 8. Participatory Research Methods
Chapter 9. Postcolonial Indigenous Feminist Research Methodologies
Chapter 10. Building Partnerships and Integrating Knowledge Systems

“Bagele Chilisa brings voice to a community of researchers who have much to offer in terms of their rich cultural heritages and expertise in research methodology. She provides an integration of theory and method that has applicability in many contexts. I would recommend this book to anyone who is working in indigenous communities in health, education, international development, or social sciences.”

Donna M. Mertens
Gallaudet University

"This book is beautifully written and expertly argued. Bravo!"

Patty Loew

"Your book encapsulates many things that I have been struggling to frame and teach (ie. how to give more than token acknlowledgement to other ways of knowing). I have already recommended it to my colleagues and phD students. I hope to use it as the set text for a new subject."

Rob Nabben

Good fit for Masters in Indigenous Governance Students. Simple read and includes many relevant concepts and examples that can support Indigenous research paradigm.

Professor Shailesh Shukla
Indigenous Studies, University Of Winnipeg
August 10, 2016

Good fit for Masters in Indigenous Governance Students.

Professor Shailesh Shukla
Indigenous Studies, University Of Winnipeg
September 5, 2015

I made use of this book in my introductory social work research course (e.g. handouts) although I adopted a Canadian text on Indigenous research written by a social work academic as the required text.

Dr Wendy Hulko
Social Work, Thompson Rivers Univ
July 11, 2013

book is under consideration for a "study-abroad" qualitative course. course enrollment was not sufficient to run the course. when course enrollment is sufficient, will probably adopt this text

Dr Kathryn Obenchain
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Purdue University
April 15, 2013

Content not fitting for the course

Dr Irene Bersola-Nguyen
Child Development, California State University - Sacramento
December 1, 2012

Very good fit for graduate students in Indigenous Studies class

Professor Shailesh Shukla
Indigenous Studies, Univ of Winnipeg
July 30, 2012

This book is very focused. I am recommending it to doctoral students who are conducting research in these areas.

Dr Shirley Mills
Dept of Educational Leadership, University of Texas - Pan American
June 18, 2012

Bagele Chilisa

Bagele Chilisa holds a Masters of Arts degree in Research Methodology. The degree covers Research Design, Statistics and Measurement from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her PhD in Policy, Planning and Evaluation, also from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Botswana. In the past 16 years years, she has taught the following courses to graduate and undergraduate students: Research Methods; Educational Evaluation; Constructing Questionnaires and Conducting Surveys; Project Design and Evaluation; Policy Planning and Evaluation. She is one of the founding members of the Botswana,... More About Author

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