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ERIC Number: EJ807855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-16
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Experiences with Poetry, Pedagogy and Participant Observation: Writing with Students in a Study Abroad Program
Rodriguez, Karen
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v7 n1 p1-20 Mar 2006
Many anthropologists have turned to creative writing as they struggle to represent experiences/encounters with other cultures. Study abroad students, while not necessarily anthropologists-in-the-making, are also representers (and representees) of exotic cultures while abroad. This paper explores creative writing as a strategy to help study abroad students engage questions about cultural representation, reflexivity and identity while immersed in the other culture. It examines a semester-long pilot project in which both students and the author explored poetry as a means to reflect upon and represent experiences with the Other in Central Mexico. It suggests that creative writing as an arts-based method of qualitative inquiry, while not a panacea for the representation crisis, provides students and researchers a powerful way to reflect upon cross-cultural experiences and offers many directions for further research. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico