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The opportunity of struggle: a case study on developing a Māori-centric nursing course

Josephine Davis (School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Coral Wiapo (School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Lisa Sami (School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Ebony Komene (School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Sue Adams (School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 21 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper delves into the enduring influence of Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s groundbreaking work, “Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples,” while examining how the concept of “struggle” has facilitated Māori-centric nursing education.

Design/methodology/approach

Utilizing a case study approach, a collaboration between Māori and non-Māori nursing academics describes the development of two Māori-centric postgraduate courses. This approach allows for an exploration of the contextual factors surrounding sites of “struggle” in course development and efforts towards decolonization and indigenization.

Findings

The evaluation of a Māori-centric postgraduate course is guided by Smith’s five key conditions for “struggle”. By illustrating the dynamic and intersecting nature of these conditions, the study reveals how various interests, tensions and relationships intersect within academia. We further show how the team actively sought viable solutions to strengthen the Maori nursing workforce and those nurses serving Maori communities through the development of tailored courses.

Originality/value

This case study offers a unique perspective on the tensions inherent in the struggles faced by Māori women and their allies, who utilize cultural frameworks as sites of resistance within Western institutions. We highlight how education can carve out new spaces for Māori within their cultural context and the broader academic sphere. Inspired by Smith’s work, this dialogue transcends academic boundaries, echoing the values, knowledge and experiences of Indigenous peoples marginalized by colonialism.

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Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the School of Nursing, University of Auckland, the 2019 Research Grant for New Scholar granted by Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) and the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC).

Citation

Davis, J., Wiapo, C., Sami, L., Komene, E. and Adams, S. (2024), "The opportunity of struggle: a case study on developing a Māori-centric nursing course", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-04-2024-0089

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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