Connecting, Speaking, Listening: Toward an Ethics of Voice with/in Participatory Action Research

  • Ted Riecken University of Victoria
  • Teresa Strong-Wilson McGill University
  • Frank Conibear Esquimalt Secondary School
  • Corrine Michel First Nations Education Services
  • Janet Riecken University of Victoria
Keywords: participatory research, ethics, Aboriginal culture, voice, digital video


Drawing on a participatory research project that brings together university based researchers and two classes of Aboriginal youth and their teachers for the purpose of researching health and wellness, we argue for an ethics of voice in qualitative research. Using participatory research methodologies and digital video technologies students plan and develop short educational films about issues of health and wellness. We exemplify the ethical issues in the presentation of student, teacher and researcher perspectives on what was learned through involvement in a project by incorporating the different voices and interests that comprise the project. An experimental form of representation is used to combine interview segments, fieldnotes and reflective writing so as to highlight the importance of voice in the construction and retelling of research outcomes. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0501260


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Author Biographies

Ted Riecken, University of Victoria
Ted RIECKEN is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. He is also the Director of the Centre for Youth and Society, an interdisciplinary research centre at the same university. His research interests include community based and participatory research and the use of digital video as a teaching and research tool.
Teresa Strong-Wilson, McGill University
Teresa STRONG-WILSON is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University. Her research interests are in literacy and narrative within social justice and indigenous education in early childhood and teacher education.
Frank Conibear, Esquimalt Secondary School
Frank CONIBEAR is head of the First Nations Leadership Program at Esquimalt Secondary School. He also teaches in the Community Culture and Environment program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.
Corrine Michel, First Nations Education Services
Corrine MICHEL is a program assistant in the First Nations Studies program at Camosun College where she is working on a project on indigenizing the curriculum. She is also a graduate student at the University of Victoria where she is researching indigenous environmental ethics.
Janet Riecken, University of Victoria
Janet RIECKEN is a research assistant on the Knowledge Translation project at the Centre for Youth and Society at the University of Victoria. She also teaches in the Community, Culture and Environment program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics