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“PAPATŪĀNUKU/PAPA:” SOME THOUGHTS ON THE OPPOSITIONAL GROUNDS OF THE DOCTORAL EXPERIENCE
“PAPATŪĀNUKU/PAPA:” SOME THOUGHTS ON THE OPPOSITIONAL GROUNDS OF THE DOCTORAL EXPERIENCE

Author(s): Carl Mika
Subject(s): Methodology and research technology, Evaluation research
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: Kaupapa; Papatūānuku; doctoral research; Māori; metaphysics;

Summary/Abstract: There are significant challenges that face Māori students and supervisors as a “doctoral team.” Perhaps the most fundamental of these is that there is a metaphysics at work in writing and talking that Māori are encouraged to speculate on and reclaim. One term for this metaphysics, “Papatūānuku” (often abbreviated to “Papa”), signifies an active entity that rejects strict definition but influences both doctoral text and team. This article proposes that student and supervisor must simultaneously glance towards the conventions of academic writing and recollect Papatūānuku as potential being in the doctoral process.

  • Issue Year: 4/2016
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 43-55
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English