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What is Worldview

Handbook of Research on Theoretical Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Developing Countries
A person’s thinking and understanding of the world and their being in the world. It is about how a person makes sense of reality. Although a person may not necessarily be aware what their worldview is, they may feel, think and act in predictable patterns which may point others to their worldview.
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Language, Participation, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Research in Mqatsheni, South Africa
Constance Khupe (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0833-5.ch005
This chapter is informed by findings from a science education interpretive study carried out in collaboration with an isiZulu-speaking community. Indigenous languages constitute intellectual and cultural resources that are important for local communities and for the society. The author argues for the recognition of indigenous languages as part of the call to decolonize research methodologies. The chapter positions research among indigenous peoples in the context of social justice and human rights, and shows how language fits in the transformation agenda. Drawing from findings from a research study carried out with a community in rural KwaZulu-Natal, the author asserts that the inclusion of indigenous languages in research frameworks contributes to meaningful participation, strengthens collaboration and facilitates the generation of authentic data.
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