The multi-disciplinary origins of Indigenous studies and the relatively late and limited entry of Indigenous scholars to Australian research has meant that Indigenous knowledges has not been included as part of the curriculum. Historically Indigenous studies emerged from the discipline of social Anthropology branching out into linguistics, pre-history, history and political science.
The coherence of Indigenous studies also lies in a multi-disciplinary problem oriented approach to the study of Indigenous people in Australian society. The current deficit in this model is that Indigenous research methodologies are not taught within Indigenous studies majors.
However, in the past decade an Indigenous centred approach towards Indigenous studies has slowly emerged. Within this field Indigenous scholars are reinterpreting Indigenous ideas, concepts and philosophies to provide an Indigenous idiom in the production of knowledge. Indigenous scholars within Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America have published their work on Indigenous research methodologies within a variety of disciplines.
The Indigenous Qualitative Research Methodologies Masterclass engages with this new field of literature and has been developed for postgraduates and early career researchers.
The Masterclass is taught by the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN).The value of the Masterclass for postgraduate students and early career researchers is evidenced in testimonials provided by previous participants.
The delivery of the Masterclass was funded through an Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) grant in 2009 and 2010.