>>>The current status of my research/project design as of 1/27/2016<<<
My project has evolved in many ways just by going through the process of designing and doing more research. Maxwell explains that change is expected and necessary during this planning phase.
I also think it continues to change because, as Chilisa mentions, I want my research to further support the knowledge of my kupuna and improve the lives of the people I’m researching.
Sure it helps that I’m already coming from an indigenous point of view that I hope promotes cultural awareness, but then again, the fact that I’m writing this blog and my paper in English… clearly my project is already influenced by a Euro-Western worldview.
However, Chilisa mentioned that indigenous research includes integration; combining Western and indigenous theories on a topic that focuses on a local phenomenon that is locally relevant.
Colonization of the Mind:
On To My Project Design
From the beginning, I knew I wanted a mixed methods design. I remember my capstone research methods professor, Spencer Kimball, used to frequently say that having both qualitative and quantitative techniques will only increase the validity of your research.
Creswell has the same idea about mixed methods research. My project will specifically be a sequential mixed method. I will send out a survey (quantitative method) to measure the attitudes of a population. In this case, my sample will be any crewmember from PVS who is willing to be a part of my study. The data I receive from the survey will support or refute my research hypothesis (that I'm still finalizing). I’ve been recording my waa experiences, observations, and interactions through journal entries and voice recordings. Once all of the data is collected, I will then write an autoethnography (qualitative method) of my findings.
Today's conversations with my waa ohana definitely helped me steer a more direct route to my final destination. This is just the beginning of the journey. Hold on!
Picture taken by Kaipo Kīʻaha
Kumu Kaʻai previously taught at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hawaiian Studies at Wilson Elementary School to K-5 students.