ERIC Number: ED431790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-20
Arts-Based Representation in Qualitative Research: Collage as a Contextualizing Analytic Strategy.
Davis, Donna; Butler-Kisber, Lynn
"Memoing," the "theorizing write-up of ideas about codes and their relationships as they strike...the analyst's momentary ideation based on data...with conceptual elaboration" (B. Glaser, 1978), is an important analytic tool used by qualitative researchers at all stages of the research process. The art form of collage is described as a contextualizing strategy in qualitative research that emulates memoing. In this paper an artist/graduate student and a teacher/researcher show how they embarked on a project to use collage as a contextualizing strategy, and the graduate student illustrates the process by examining her work in four collages done during a small research project on the creative decisions of artists. The four collages and accompanying commentary demonstrate how the ambiguity and multidimensionality of the collage medium set up conducive conditions for this analytic strategy. The collage process helps suspend linear thinking and allow elusive qualities of feelings and experiences to be addressed tangibly. The collages are attached. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).