What is it about?

This article discusses experiences of Community centered interdisciplinary action research projects developed with indigenous Communities along the Ecuadorian Highlands. It brings into evidence the relevance of ancestral knowledge regarding the use of medicinal plants and its relationship with health, the speakers worldview, their language and culture, and their relationship to nature and the ecosystem. Along the article it is underlined how this methodological approach aims to to move from good results to longterm achievements.

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The methodological approach described in this article is one where the community (the speakers) are both the point of departure and the ending goal of any one project.. Then, it is crucial to have a holistic approach which takes into account the participants history and their sociocultural and linguistic context , and where the goal is to have fair exchanges of knowledge and abilities among the participants. In such a way, the success of a project is measured not only on the basis of countable results, but, most importantly, on profound changes experienced by the participants of the research processes, which will turno into longterm achivements.

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I very much hope this article will make researchers think about the need to create and recreate theories and methodologies to better suit actual situations and demands of sociolinguistic studies.

Marleen Haboud
Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

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This page is a summary of: Propuestas metodológicas para la investigación interdisciplinaria como interacción social, Iberoromania, May 2020, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/iber-2020-0006.
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