Conversation method in Indigenous research

Kovach, M. (2010). Conversation method in Indigenous research. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 5(1), 40-48.

Abstract:  In reflecting upon two qualitative research projects incorporating an Indigenous methodology, this article focuses on the use of the conversational method as a means for gathering knowledge through story. The article first provides a theoretical discussion which illustrates that for the conversational method to be identified as an Indigenous research method it must flow from an Indigenous paradigm. The article then moves to an exploration of the conversational method in action and offers reflections on the significance of researcher-in-relation and the inter- relationship between this method, ethics and care.


Anonymous Sources in News Stories: Justifying Exceptions and Limiting Abuses

Boeyink, David E. 1990. Anonymous Sources in News Stories: Justifying Exceptions and Limiting Abuses. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 5(4): 233–46.

Abstract: As discussion intensifies, and critics exploit what they see as a serious press abuse of anonymous sources, this article explores current practices and policies, as well as examines justification for and danger of anonymous source usage. Seven guidelines are listed and discussed which may help editors and reporters decide whether to use the anonymous source: editor authorization, just cause, last resort, fullest possible identification, proportionality, just intentions, and second source verification.

What Is a Mutual Aid Research Collective?

Superstorm Research Lab. 2013. “What Is a Mutual Aid Research Collective?Superstorm Research Lab. July.

The Superstorm Research Lab is a mutual aid research collective made up of twelve researchers from different universities working to change the way research is done by using a mutual aid model. Mutual Aid Research is characterized by solidarity, or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, and reciprocity, or mutual exchange, with fellow researchers and research participants. This is a non-hierarchical, cooperative decision-making organization where members elect to help one another achieve their goals by having shared responsibilities, skills, and grants, with weekly meetings led by a rotating facilitator.  The researchers also collectively develop an interview protocol that they use in all their research. In research the work done by the members, either collectively or individually within the group, is open to other researchers to use so long as they credit the source of the information in their work.