Sample Essay About Reflective Research Journal
“Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods” by Shawn Wilson can hardly be labeled as a book for sociology and social studies fanciers, although it’s written in simple and accessible even to a non-specialist style. It is a large-scale research work, devoted to peculiar research methods, used by indigenous scientists of Australia and Canada and ways of adoption it in Europe. Author considers their cognition methods as independent philosophy and sacral ceremony of science progress achievement in a constantly developing environment. He is confidently declares, that historical individuality and originality of the indigenous population should be left in initial condition, though European researchers often violate it. We need to adopt methods of indigenous researches to make our knowledge, comprehension and perception more effective.
I chose the two largest groups of scientists and conducted research in the division of the Universities in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia, in Edmonton - Canada. The book reflects the overall experience of indigenous researchers with European scientists, in order to prove that in the modern world, they must be on the same level and together form a representation of reality.
Indigenous methods bring together researchers and community members both emotionally and physically, promote their joint activities. All indigenous methods are used to save the indigenous voices, building resistance to discourses and debates, the creation of political integrity and strengthen society as a whole. Inherent responsibility in coming to know how individual knowledge systems interact with the whole and as a person must be due to the different forms of knowledge is expressed as "relational reporting." Indigenous methods used to collect the data are believed to be more prescriptive plan for production and application of knowledge, because they have to respect the traditions, customs and rituals of the people they are studying, and go beyond the immediate project to the future well-being of society.
As a result of reading the work of Shawn Wilson raises many questions, which to some extent characterize the imperfection of modern science. This causes of inequalities in the perception of research methods scientists from different countries and cultures, and the availability of an opportunity to correct the situation. But the main question that arose in me for this work is the evaluation of the effectiveness of indigenous research methods, which the author does not provide. How can a focus on traditional science does not support the methods and means - it worries me a question. And how to assess which of the methods are actually reliable and worthy introduction to classical science. All these questions will have to answer to future generations of scientists.
Shawn, W. (2008) Research is Ceremony. Indigenous Research Methods. Victoria, BC: Fernwood Pub.