Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
| Editors: Nancy H. Hornberger

Arts‐based Approaches to Inquiry in Language Education

  • Misha Cahnmann Taylor
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_258

Introduction

With the acceptance of postmodern approaches to language research in the last few decades including feminism, poststructuralism, critical theory, and semiotics, assumptions about what counts as knowledge and the nature of research, have dramatically changed (see Fishman,  Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on Researching the Sociology of Language and Education, Volume 10). The tools we use to collect data and display findings have diversified to include artistic as well as scientific methods. Arts‐based approaches to inquiry refer to the use of the literary, visual, and performing arts through all stages of research. For example, there has been recent interest and support for including poetry, story, theater, and visual image as methods during data collection and analysis to increase researchers’ attention to complexity, feeling, and new ways of seeing. Researchers increasingly turn to artistic forms of representation to communicate findings in multidimensional,...

Keywords

Language Education Hybrid Form Critical Community Diverse Audience African American Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Misha Cahnmann Taylor
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  1. 1.University of GeorgiaUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA