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ERIC Number: EJ1145708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-15
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
Using Arts-Based Research to Explore Peak Experiences in Five Gifted Children
Haberlin, Steve
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v18 n24 Jun 2017
During this inquiry, I describe my journey as a beginning arts-based researcher, using this methodological approach to explore the "peak experiences" of five, second-grade gifted students in a general classroom. Concerned with collecting valid data from young children through traditional interviewing techniques, I turned to Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) and had the students create self-portraits with captions to illustrate peak experience. After converting the visual data into language and serving as a bricoleur, I engaged in thematic coding (Braun & Clarke, 2006). The following themes emerged: students perceived the teacher having a direct impact on their peak experiences; students experienced peak experiences when being praised or recognized; students experienced peak states when engaging in intellectually challenging curriculum as well as creative activities such as drawing. I discuss the importance of training for those working with gifted students, and based on Foucault's (1980) ideas on power, address the notion the classroom teacher might possess much power over the conditions that contribute to the students' peak experiences. Finally, I note the potential of considering arts-based educational research to inform the field of gifted education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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