Take a walk: a critical reflection on data gathering in remote island communities

Mosby, Vinnitta Patricia (2014) Take a walk: a critical reflection on data gathering in remote island communities. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3 (2). pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

This paper is an account of a critical refection on the process of data gathering in remote island communities by phone as an insider-outsider. The purpose of the study was to contribute to my PhD research question: What factors influence successful contemporary migration of Torres Strait Islanders who are moving to the Australian mainland? To achieve this I had to contact remote Island communities in the Torres Strait and evolve a process that was relevant, reliable, and appropriate to Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Semi-structured phone surveys where completed with key informants for each Island community. The process involved walking beside the participants on a virtual tour, house-by-house, and street-by-street. The process uncovered hidden nuances that surround accessing and retrieving information. The findings are useful, relevant and transferable for advancing research methods for collecting information in remote areas.

Item ID: 37243
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Torres Strait, out-migration, remote surveying, third party data collection
ISSN: 2164-9170
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2015 00:42
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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