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ERIC Number: ED524125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 243
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-0301-7
Text and Texture: An Arts-Based Exploration of Transformation in Adult Learning
Larsen, Enid E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Lesley University
This research explored the transformational and co-transformational potential of collage, assemblage and mixed media in an accelerated undergraduate adult course on imagination and creativity. The methods were qualitative and arts-based artist-teacher inquiry within a constructivist art class for ten, female adult learners. Informed by the researcher's living inquiry through visual autoethnography, a collagist methodology shaped the research, including syllabus construction, course delivery and data gathering. Process was an emergent and interpretive analytic tool, drawn from multiple perspectives of artwork and reflections by the students, and the multiple identities inherent to the artist-teacher researcher. This research indicates that collage and assemblage were effective methods for artistic expression and exploration of self with these adult learners. Collage and assemblage allowed the learners to explore and express multiple, complex feelings simultaneously in an accelerated experience of perception. Collagist methodology facilitated transformation of assumptions, perceptions, feelings, and behavior within the students' and the artist-teacher researcher's living inquiries. These adult learners required significant amounts of restoration and reparation in their return to education. The collage process increased their sense of agency in dealing with unfamiliarity and identified impediments to transformational learning. As a malleable concept, collage provided a metaphor and analogy for adult learning and modern living while simultaneously providing the students with an opportunity for stimulating discovery, profound pleasure and energized spirit. As a way of knowing, collage contributed to transformation within the students' lives. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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