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ERIC Number: EJ900815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Explorations in Using Arts-Based Self-Study Methods
Samaras, Anastasia P.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v23 n6 p719-736 Nov 2010
Research methods courses typically require students to conceptualize, describe, and present their research ideas in writing. In this article, the author describes her exploration in using arts-based techniques for teaching research to support the development of students' self-study research projects. The pedagogical approach emerged from the author's sociocultural theoretical perspective in using symbols and dialogue as mediating tools. Three arts-based research projects were utilized to assist doctoral students in articulating research interests, framing research proposals, and reflecting on their development as researchers. Data included students' implementation and assessment of projects; the instructor's teaching logs; and students' course evaluations. The projects served to illuminate the subtleties of research interests, self-understanding and understanding of other's research, and learning about self-study by practicing it. Research methods instructors are prompted to consider what happens when students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of research using the arts and when they study the "so what" of using them. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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