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2004 Research Seminar Program

WAIER invites you to an afternoon seminar to be held at Murdoch University

Artistically-based approaches to educational research

Peter Wright

Thursday 22 April, 4.30 to 6.00pm

Staff Common Room, Education & Humanities Building, Room 2.21
Cost: WAIER members: free; Non-members: gold coin donation towards refreshments.
Park in Carpark 4 or 5 - free after 4.15 pm

Arts-based and arts-informed approaches are developing as alternative and complementary ways of researchers engaging with social science. Initially growing out of anthropology and influenced by the recent linguistic turn in the social sciences, these approaches are developing as a result of researchers' growing dissatisfaction with the paradigmatic form of doing educational research.

Arts-based approaches use intertextual forms of representation to provide multivocality, draw more directly on participants' experiences and make accessible the results of research. These creative approaches call into question the nature of research and many of the binary oppositions that surround this debate.

This presentation will introduce notions of arts-based and arts-informed approaches to educational research, describe some evolving characteristics, provide a few illustrative examples, and overview some issues for developing qualitative researchers.

Dr Peter Wright is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Murdoch University. He teaches and coordinates units in Arts Education and Qualitative Research methods. He uses arts-based approaches to inform his research and is presently researching teacher development, school-community relations and intergenerational community-building.

RSVP and for further details contact Eve Ruddock ruddock@iinet.net.au ph 9446 4030

Light refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities for discussion and interaction.

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