About the presentation
In recent decades Indigenous research, both globally and nationally, has undergone significant development focused on Indigenous governance, research methods and active participation by Indigenous peoples and researchers.Indigenous research has refocused from research on to research with, for and by. The active participation of Indigenous peoples and researchers has been significant in creating clarity and understanding of both commonalities and differences within and between mainstream and Indigenous research theory, methodology and ongoing discourses.
In 2014 the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) conducted a survey on Indigenous governance research and practical tools entitled ‘A short survey: mapping Indigenous governance research and resources’ (Bauman, Smith and Keller 2014).The survey responses revealed a variety of areas of need.Significant to this research paper are those responses focused on the use of digital technologies in Indigenous research.
The use of digital technologies by Indigenous researchers is not new, yet as noted through Bauman et al’s (2014) survey warrants further investigation.This research paper will focus on Indigenous researchers in several remote and very remote communities as a part of a whole of community engagement - participatory action research (PAR) initiative.The research will focus attention on the use of digital technologies as research tools and effective practices that enhance Indigenous researcher employment pathways and professional identity.The research topic(s) of these Indigenous researchers will frame but are not necessarily significant to this research paper (although it influences research methods). What is significant will be the choice of digital tools used by the Indigenous researchers and ‘the models, templates, manuals and guidelines…developed and trialled’ (Bauman et al 2014 p. 20) as a part of the PAR process.
Indigenous researcher narratives on their use of digital technologies and computer software will be collected.The narratives will focus on the experiences of the Indigenous researchers in collecting, recording, analysing and sharing data, communicating and working within and across several research teams.The research also seeks to discuss and describe best practice in developing a sense of connectedness (Devlin, Feraud & Anderson 2008) through digital technologies.The research will also provide opportunity to identify and or create support materials and professional learning opportunities aimed at enhancing Indigenous researcher knowledge, understanding of digital technologies and professional identity.