Lessons From the Participants in Decolonising Research

LCJ 22 front cover

Stuart Barlo

LCJ: Special Issue: Decolonising Research Practices, 22, pp. 16-25

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Barlo, S. (2017). Lessons From the Participants in Decolonising Research. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Decolonising Research Practices], 22, 16-25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18793/LCJ2017.22.03



This paper reflects on research undertaken as part of a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on the restoration of contemporary Aboriginal men’s dignity. These reflections centre on how the research participants began to train this researcher in decolonising research practices. Personal discovery and growth, as well as developing strong, ethical and reciprocal relationships, are core to doing decolonising research. Yarning as methodology and art as a method of communicating research are presented as ways of building such relationships and promoting personal transformation in research. Key lessons from this research are shared and demonstrate that for this researcher, the greatest act of decolonising research started with addressing his own mindset, which led to the realisation that Indigenous Australia no longer wishes to be studied or seen as requiring someone to lift them up.


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