Drawing on the Arts, Transforming Research: Possibilities of Arts-Informed Perspectives
An exploration of the possibilities for and challenges of arts-informed research is the focus of this chapter. It begins by recounting the beginnings and foundational elements of arts-informed research and illustrates the various ways in which it is embraced by a variety of qualitative researchers (as a stand-alone approach or in combination with other perspectives). The chapter emphasises the transformational possibilities that come with presenting scholarship in alternatives ways to traditional academic discourse. The barriers and challenges to researching through the arts are also addressed. The chapter then provides examples from the work of graduate researchers and others and, in doing so, it illustrates and discusses the utility and constraints of arts-informed research.
KeywordsTeacher Educator Family Caregiver Aesthetic Quality Inquiry Project Moral Purpose
We thank the many arts-related doctoral researchers at The University of Toronto with whom we have had the privilege of working over the last 14 years or so. They pushed us to mould and shape articulations of the arts in social science research and aided in the establishment of the Centre for Arts-informed Research. We also thank the leadership in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney for the invitation to present our work in May, 2009. The many conversations with students and faculty were rewarding and inspiring, a reflection of the innovative scholarship being accomplished.
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