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Can the goldfish see the water? A critical analysis of ‘good intentions’ in cross-cultural practice

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dc.contributor.author Ferguson, Bruce
dc.contributor.author Bruce Ferguson, Pip
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-25T02:07:56Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-25T02:07:56Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Ferguson, B. & Ferguson, P. (2010) Can the goldfish see the water? A critical analysis of ‘good intentions’ in cross-cultural practice. Paper presented at 8th ALARA World Congress: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning, Melbourne, Australia, September 6 – 9, 2010. en_NZ
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10289/6656
dc.description.abstract We claim to hold values that our students are responsible and autonomous adults whose success in our courses is best facilitated by our understanding of and respect for their specific backgrounds. We wish to be judged on these values by feedback provided by our students and those with whom we work. However, how well, if ever, are we able to ‘see the water,’ the cultural conditioning that leads us to act in ways that seem supportive of our students to us, but may be perceived differently by them? In this paper, we present conflicting evidence around perceptions of our practice. We discuss where things have gone well, and where interventions have possibly been traumatic for the recipients. We question whether, and how, our practice cross-culturally can be safe. We challenge ourselves and others to think carefully about our responsibilities to our students, whether our privileged positioning obliges us to share and if so, how that sharing can occur in ways that validate and equally respect the values of those with whom we work. en_NZ
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Action Research and Action Learning [ALARA] en_NZ
dc.relation.uri http://wc2010.alara.net.au/index.html en_NZ
dc.rights © 2010 The Authors en_NZ
dc.title Can the goldfish see the water? A critical analysis of ‘good intentions’ in cross-cultural practice en_NZ
dc.type Conference Contribution en_NZ


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