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Conducting Focus Groups in Terms of an Appreciation of Indigenous Ways of Knowing

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dc.contributor.author Romm, Norma Ruth Arlene
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-05T12:30:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-05T12:30:57Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Romm, N. R.A. (2014). Conducting Focus Groups in Terms of an Appreciation of Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(1), Art. 2 en
dc.identifier.other http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs150120
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/23137
dc.description.abstract In this article I consider some examples of conducting focus groups in South Africa with school teachers in a manner which takes into account indigenous ways of knowing. Indigenous knowing (within various indigenous cultural heritages) can be defined as linked to processes of people collectively constructing their understandings by experiencing their social being in relation to others. I indicate how the conduct of focus groups can be geared towards taking into account as well as strengthening knowing as a relational activity defined in this way. Once facilitators of focus groups appreciate this epistemology they can set up a climate in which people feel part of a research process of relational discussion around issues raised. This requires an effort on the part of facilitators to make explicit to participants the type of orientation to research that is being encouraged via the focus group session. I offer examples of attempts to practice such an approach to facilitation, including examples of feedback obtained from participants regarding their experience of the research process. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Forum: Qualitative Social Research en
dc.subject Indigenous ways of knowing en
dc.subject collective exploration as relational en
dc.subject facilitator orientation en
dc.subject focus group research en
dc.subject focus group participant feedback en
dc.title Conducting Focus Groups in Terms of an Appreciation of Indigenous Ways of Knowing en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department ABET and Youth Development en


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