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“Drawing out” understandings through arts-based inquiry in teacher education

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posted on 2020-07-24, 00:00 authored by Shelley HanniganShelley Hannigan, Jo RaphaelJo Raphael
PurposeThis paper explains a collaborative self-study research project that included an evolving arts-based inquiry (ABI) approach. The combined experiences of a visual artist/art educator and a drama educator, informed the design and use of ABI strategies to investigate practices of Australian teacher educator-researchers. These strategies are shared along with results from interviews that reveal the dynamics and value of this particular model of ABI within a larger research project.Design/methodology/approachABI was included in the methodology of collaborative self-study. It involved listening to participants’ arts-based and written responses then basing the next provocations on these outcomes. This gave ownership to the group members and reinforced the community of practice foci.FindingsABI challenged academic identities and practices. It allowed for more enjoyment in the workplace, for reflection and reflective practice to develop. It provided opportunities for shifting perspectives and perceiving teaching practice differently, inspiring more creativity in teaching. It also improved relationships with co-workers and held the group together.Research limitations/implicationsThe authors share this research to recommend others a way to collaborate within group research projects.Practical implicationsThe authors found it vital to have a co-ABI facilitator from within the group to collaborate with, in order to develop the most appropriate ABI provocations within an emerging research project.Social implicationsThis model of research can generate honest and in-depth insights for participants (members of a community of practice) as to how and why they do the work (practices) they do.Originality/valueThe study’s use of ABI offers an original perspective in the use of this methodology.

History

Journal

Qualitative Research Journal

Volume

21

Pagination

87-100

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

1443-9883

eISSN

1448-0980

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2020, Emerald Publishing Limited

Issue

1

Publisher

EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD