Forum on ethics of cross-cultural research

Miller Cleary’s presentation and the discussion that follows will address the ethical issues that arise when researchers conduct cross-cultural research, considering such questions as how do researchers and participants negotiate differing cultural understandings and practices? To illustrate the issues she raises and to lay the groundwork for the discussion that follows she will discuss her research involving collaborations between white and Native American researchers researching Native American youth. She will also report on her current research project on the ethics of cross-cultural research involving interviews with researchers who have worked in Belize, Australia, New Zealand, England, and the United States.

Miller Cleary is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her Ed.D. at UMass Amherst in 1985. Her research interests are in literacy, indigenous literacy, and issues in cross-cultural research, and she has published five books and numerous articles in these areas. Her most recent book, "The Seventh Generation: Native Students Speak About Finding the Good Path," written with Thomas Peacock and Amy Bergstrom, received the Skipping Stones Award, the National Association of Multicultural Education Book Award, 2003, and the American Association for Educational Publishers Non-Fiction Adolescent Book Award, 2004.

The forum, which is geared toward faculty and graduate student researchers, is sponsored by the
departments of English and Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies and funded by the Graduate Research Office

For more information, contact Heidi McKee (hmckee@english.umass.edu).