Locally Owned
How African Research Methodologies can be used in Scripture Engagement Research to Grow Local Ownership and Shape International SE Frameworks
Author: Laura Robison (2022)

MA dissertation: Contemporary Missiology, Redcliffe College

This dissertation seeks to provide an overview of Indigenous Research Methodologies in connection with how they can help shape the field of Scripture Engagement research. As SE highly values local ownership and community transformation, IRMs have a lot to contribute toward shaping SE research at a time when it has been highlighted as a great need.

IRMs and SE already share a few areas of overlap, but they both have complexities that need to be considered. Through a literature review, interviews and pulling from my own life experience, I have attempted to lay a foundation for the key components of IRMs and how these can enrich the field of SE. I hope this research will encourage future dialogue in elevating IRMs and utilizing them as an important framework for SE research and development.

While IRMs in different global contexts share themes, it is important to place these within a specific context. Because my SE experience has all been carried out in Africa, I aim to show how African Research Methodologies in particular can speak to building capacity within SE workers and growing local ownership within SE research here.

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