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      Subject: 8/22/2003 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education for
      Friday, August 22.

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      A glance at the summer issue of "Thought & Action":
      Seeing anthropological research subjects as partners

      History and anthropology researchers should learn to see the
      people they study as partners in their work, rather than as
      resources to be exploited, says David Carey Jr., an assistant
      professor of history at the University of Southern Maine.

      Too often, particularly in Latin America, foreign researchers
      "arrive with predetermined ideas and methodologies that they
      impose, apply, and test on their research subjects, yet they
      fail to invite and seriously consider input from the population
      under study," he writes. Then the "investigators leave without
      sharing their findings or insights," he adds.

      "Ethically, this behavior is abhorrent," Mr. Carey maintains,
      "because it not only exploits people as objects, but assumes
      they are incapable of intellectual contributions to academic
      theories, methodologies, and data, when, in fact, their very
      position as subjects of inquiry should define them as experts in
      the content area."

      Through such omissions, researchers also miss valuable
      opportunities to increase the depth of their knowledge and to
      contribute to the communities they study, he says.

      Scholars should involve research participants in planning
      research agendas, he concludes, and should share the results of
      that research in a language and format that is useful to them.

      The article is online at http://www.nea.org/he/heta03/s03p99.pdf

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