A journey in-between: using Talanoa in research reporting

Faoagali, Susan and Honan, Eileen (2015). A journey in-between: using Talanoa in research reporting. In Karen Trimmer, Alison L. Black and Stewart Riddle (Ed.), Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-between: New Possibilities for Education Research (pp. 239-252) Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315777818

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Author Faoagali, Susan
Honan, Eileen
Title of chapter A journey in-between: using Talanoa in research reporting
Title of book Mainstreams, Margins and the Spaces In-between: New Possibilities for Education Research
Place of Publication Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.4324/9781315777818
Series Routledge Research in Education
ISBN 9781138021389
Editor Karen Trimmer
Alison L. Black
Stewart Riddle
Volume number 130
Chapter number 16
Start page 239
End page 252
Total pages 14
Total chapters 18
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This chapter explores my journey as I traversed the epistemological and methodological spaces in-between the Samoan cultural and social context and the Australian higher education context in which .I completed doctoral studies. Carrying out educational research in Samoa was fraught with complexities because of the need to travel between the mainstream and marginal spaces within the education system in Samoa, Samoan culture (faasamoa) and the Western style of research. This chapter focusses on the attempts I made to deal with these complexities, including understanding the relationship between these mainstream and marginal spaces, and making use of the concept of talanoa (Samoan for storytelling) to write my doctoral thesis, to try to traverse the boundaries between the mainstream and marginal spaces, to try to capture the personal and the interpersonal, and to try to make sense of the frustrations, contradictions and complexities involved in conducting a 'Western' study within a Samoan context.

The study focussed on an action research project that was carried out in Samoa with secondary school teachers. During the study, I found myself in both the mainstream and marginal spaces of educational social research as I was confronted with the conflicts and contradictions between conventional Western structures associated with a research design, and the particularities of Samoan cultural traditions and practices. The result of these travels was a thesis that strayed away from the linear traditional reporting style but reflected the research journey experience.

The chapter follows my journey as I moved between the mainstream and marginal spaces. Because it is my journey, while this chapter has been co-written with my thesis advisor, Eileen, it is written from my point of view. This narrator's viewpoint is especially important to the talanoa perspective.
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