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A Pedagogy of Process: Using Arts Based Research With Community Development Co-Researchers to Explore Campus Community Dialogue
Hand, Brian
This thesis will outline how I employed an arts informed participatory research process with four women members of the Southend family resource centre in Wexford town. The primary context for this research was the introduction of a module in community based learning on the BA (hons) in Art at the Wexford Campus of I.T. Carlow combined with a desire to participate more actively in the community sector outside the campus. The choice of an arts based methodology was to capture knowledge in a multifaceted way, to give depth to the many meanings of individual experiences and finally to suggest a living form of enquiry. In chapter 2, I survey what I see as the primary theoretical foundations of literature on arts based research and build a conceptual bridge between critical pedagogy, dialogical aesthetics and post-structuralist hermeneutics. Chapter 3 looks in detail at recent scholarship related to arts based research as a tool for educational research. A focus for this study has been to try and gather as much knowledge about visual arts based collaborative/participatory approaches in action research based educational practices and community development practices. In chapter 4 I show how I have considered, navigated, analysed and reported on the research artifacts and conversations with my co participants from the Southend Family Resource Centre. In this study, I found that making images with the team was a very good way of allowing all of us operate at the same level of the research process. Chapter 5 concludes the study with observations on arts based research and the presentation of an action plan for future collaboration and conversations. Overall I found this arts based research process was collaborative and creative as opposed to inquisitive, pressurised, and univocal. I believe the evidence presented recommends that this process can develop as an interpretative and qualitative approach for educational research beyond the confines of the campus.
Keyword(s): pedagogy; process; community arts; learning; campus; involvement; Other Teacher Education and Professional Development
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Contributor(s): Marian Fitzmaurice
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Dissertations
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2010-07-28 05:36:15 Last Updated: 2017-12-14 06:38:01