Talanoa: Building a Pasifika Research Culture
|Author:||Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop & Eve Coxon (eds)|
The Talanoa post-graduate discussions - using Access Grid technology to facilitate a national (and then international), 'virtual' face-to-face venue - were established as a joint project across New Zealand universities to help attract Pacific post-graduates into the social sciences and to enhance Pacific social researcher capacity by breaking down feelings of academic and geographic isolation Pacific students might experience and to assist in building a vibrant Pacific post-graduate research community. This selection of papers presents a rich sample of Pasifika postgraduate research subjects and methodologies employed. The audience for this book is all those interested in developing deeper knowledge of the Pacific Islands and their Pasifika peoples, and specifically for Pasifika post-graduates in the social sciences to learn and gain confidence through a sharing technology (Access Grid) that has been designed to strengthen their research skills and their commonalities and reduce the isolation of being a group that is small in number and spread over various institutions.