The dancing trope of cross-cultural language education policy

The dancing trope of cross-cultural language education policy Journal Article

Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Ethical relationships, ethical research in Aboriginal contexts: Perspectives from central Australia]

  • Author(s): Oldfield, Janine, Forrester, Vincent
  • Published: 2018
  • Volume: 23

Abstract: The language education policy research based on the views of remote Indigenous communities that is the subject of this paper involved a complex metaphoric dance but one centred on the lead of Aboriginal collaborative research participants. The researchers in this dance, fortunately, had enough experience in traditional Aboriginal decision-making processes and so knew the tilts and sways that ensured the emergence of a reliable picture of remote Indigenous knowledge authority. However, as with most Indigenous research, the de-colonisation process and the use of Indigenous research methods hit a misstep when it came to the academy’s ethical procedures and institutional gatekeeping. This almost led to a position from which the research would not recover and from which a contentious but important Indigenous topic on Indigenous language education remained unvoiced.

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Oldfield, Janine, Forrester, Vincent, 2018, The dancing trope of cross-cultural language education policy, Volume:23, Journal Article, viewed 16 August 2022,

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