Using a Qualitative Approach to Research to Build Trust Between a Non-Aboriginal Researcher and Aboriginal Participants (Australia)

Using a Qualitative Approach to Research to Build Trust Between a Non-Aboriginal Researcher and Aboriginal Participants (Australia) Journal Article

Qualitative Research Journal

  • Author(s): Kingsley, J., Phillips, R., Townsend, M., Henderson-Wilson, C.
  • Published: 2010
  • Volume: 10

Abstract: This article focuses on the qualitative methodologies employed in a research project developed in collaboration with Aboriginal advisors and gaining an in-depth understanding of Aboriginal Victorian peoples’1 connection to their ancestral lands. It outlines why qualitative methodologies were used and highlights the ethical dimensions of working with Aboriginal Victorian communities. A research partnership was developed between Aboriginal Victorian communities and the non-Aboriginal researcher and this process was emphasised because in the past Australian Indigenous people have been grossly exploited in health research. The methods of semi-structured interviews and focus groups were used to gain a better understanding of this topic. The novel point of this article is that it provides an honest reflection of the benefits and limitations of this qualitative research process from the perspectives of a non-Aboriginal researcher and an Aboriginal participant, when emphasis is placed on a collaborative approach. The paper outlines what a successful qualitative research project looks like in Victorian Aboriginal communities. This can be used as a blueprint not only for working with Aboriginal Victorian communities, who have been marginalised within Australian society, but may also be relevant to other culturally diverse communities throughout the world

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Kingsley, J., Phillips, R., Townsend, M., Henderson-Wilson, C., 2010, Using a Qualitative Approach to Research to Build Trust Between a Non-Aboriginal Researcher and Aboriginal Participants (Australia), Volume:10, Journal Article, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4583.

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