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Abstract Title: Beyond the IRB: Examining the Relationship Between the Researcher and the Researched
Abstract: Professor of indigenous education Linda Tuhiwai Smith states, "'research' is probably one of the dirtiest words in the indigenous world's vocabulary." Research, as a method of generating knowledge, has a history of colonialist practices. The trajectories of methodologies now employed in education research also pass through colonized landscapes, retaining problematic but taken-for-granted routines and ways of thinking that structure power and positionalities of the researcher and researched via metaphors of saving, helping, separation of purposes, etc. The tools of thought and action provided in IRB stipulations and trainings can often reify rather than challenge these routines. The epistemic and structural/institutional power dynamic between the researcher and researched is complicated by other dimensions of power, especially when the researched are from traditionally disempowered groups. In this session, we want the physics education community members to grapple with these ideas, becoming more aware of our own standing as a participant in our own research enterprise through a lens of power and an anti-colonial orientation, and explore ways in which we can build capacity for praxis (reflection and action) towards resisting colonialist routines and the possibility of mutual liberation within a knowledge-generating enterprise.

In the session, we will start with an orienting talk, followed by moderated small-group discussions exploring abovementioned themes, first organized around qualitative and quantitative methodologies and then seeking to articulate personally and communally meaningful short and long term possibilities for action. As session moderators, we will aim to create a space where community members with differing histories of exposure to these ideas can participate legitimately, valuing knowledge from lived experiences as well as formal learning experiences.
Abstract Type: Workshop
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster III
Room: Meeting Room 4

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brian Zamarripa Roman
University of Central Florida
and Co-Presenter(s)
Moderators/Discussants: Brian Zamarripa Roman (University of Central Florida), Jacquelyn J. Chini (University of Central Florida)
Facilitators: Ayush Gupta (University of Maryland), Eleanor C. Sayre (Kansas State University), Katemari Rosa (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Adrienne Traxler (Wright State University),  Déana Scipio (UC Davis)