Making a visible difference : overcoming barriers using arts-based learning

Vicars, Mark and Senior, Kim 2013, Making a visible difference : overcoming barriers using arts-based learning, Educational action research, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 59-71.

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Title Making a visible difference : overcoming barriers using arts-based learning
Author(s) Vicars, Mark
Senior, Kim
Journal name Educational action research
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 71
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0965-0792
1747-5074
Keyword(s) arts-based learning
literacy practices
cultural capital
visual data
literacy standards
pedagogy
Summary This paper reports on a small-scale action research project conducted by two university-based researchers using a visual arts method. The seven-week drawing programme was the second cycle of an action research project. The participants were nine boys of primary school age variously identified by their teachers as reluctant readers and/or as struggling with print literacy. The thematic concerns addressed in the paper fall into two broad categories: motivating learners by drawing on their popular cultural capital and interests, as well as tracing the construction of visual texts as data in action research. Findings are presented in response to the following research questions: What happens to those students who do not or cannot meet the required standards in literacy? What kind of research approach can be utilised or adapted to respond to the literacy practices and behaviours of young people?
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050940

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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