Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation

Living Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters, Richard Heraud

Arts-Based Educational Innovation and Poetic Inquiry

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2262-4_49-1

Introduction

Challenging authoritative narratives to understand “exotic” others, anthropologists increasingly turn toward a variety of new, investigative forms to investigate social science questions and understandings. Educational scholars often refer to innovative and creative methodologies as “arts-based research,” embracing the highly individualized, humanistic, and evocative aspects of inquiry. From the perspective of educational scholars and poets, this entry focuses on one of the many exuberant styles of arts-based research: poetic inquiry. This entry identifies the prevalent classifications and contributions of poetic inquiry; tensions regarding validity, quality, and impact; and the possible paths for researchers to become skilled ethnographic poets.

Classifying Poetic Inquiry

Situated in a postmodern-interpretivist position, poetic inquiry refers to the use of poetry for research purposes, where poems can be used both as pathways for collecting, analyzing, and constituting...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tatiana Chemi
    • 1
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark