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Beyond Text

Learning through Arts-Based Research

A transnational, intercultural, and interdisciplinary discussion of arts-based practices

This collection explores a variety of art forms across different professional contexts, focusing on the ways educational practitioners and leaders from different cultures, disciplines, and organizations practice arts-based research. Beyond Text builds on a multi-year research study wherein participants used the arts to study topics of mutual interest. The project facilitated long-term conversations about arts-based practices among a large and diverse group: twenty-eight people from eight different organizations and with a range of experience levels, across six countries. 

This vibrant collection takes the study further, discussing the significant effect arts-based practices can have on research across a range of international contexts. The academic and educational practices explored in the volume go beyond text to give rise to profound questions about the nature of research and education.

300 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Art: Art--General Studies

Education: Philosophy of Education

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Beyond Text is organized in a way that helpfully allows readers to examine a single chapter that may be relevant to their interests or, for a broader perspective on ABR, read the volume from cover to cover. It will be of interest and value to anyone seeking to broaden their use of research methodologies, as well as to educators in all aspects of the arts. As well as Adams and Owens demonstrating their expertise in ABR, particularly in the visual arts and drama respectively, it is exciting to see contributions from emerging scholars and practitioners working in the arts. . . . This book would be an excellent resource for graduate students on courses which utilize participatory arts as methods, as well as being of interest to undergraduate students stepping into ABR for the first time. The range of applications for ABR here demonstrates its relevance to several disciplines, making it of great use to researchers in subjects where the active agency of participants is perhaps less foregrounded.”

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Table of Contents

Foreword: The culture of seriousness and anxiety

Beyond text: Introduction

Part I. Experimenting with arts-based research practices in academia

Chapter 1. Insights and outlooks: Experiences from a PhD course in arts-based research methods by Ulrika von Schantz and Eva Österlind

Chapter 2. Dilemmas of alienation in arts-based education research methods by Jeff Adams and Emma Arya-Manesh

Chapter 3. Accelerating movement across the intentional arc: developing the strategic sensographer by Mary Ann Kernan, Clive Holtham and Sara Jones

Part II. Arts explored through arts-based practices

Chapter 4. Travelling to the top of the mountain: Research investigation through found poetry as means of data analysis, presentation and dissemination by Fadel Alsawayfa

Chapter 5. From eco-anxiety to hope through drama by Anna Lehtonen and Panu Pihkala

Chapter 6. Leaving everything behind: The use of video illustration to critically reflect upon the experiences of Palestinian academics living in the UK by Muayyad Elwaheidi

Chapter 7. How music accessibility can be used in art-based research experiences by Lluís Solé Salas and Simon Poole

Part III. Arts-based research adopted in professional fields

Chapter 8. Organising reflection in health-care services: The contribution of research-based theatre by Anne Pässilä, Helinä Melkas, Satu Parjanen, Allan Owens

Chapter 9. The zine method as a form of qualitative analysis by Monica Biagioli, Anne Pässilä and Allan Owens

Chapter 10. Convoking radical imagination: The use of arts-based methods for inquiry in organizational contexts by Suvi-Jonna Martikainen, Anne Pässilä and Allan Owens

Part IV: Social action through arts-based practices

Chapter 11. The Secret of Dayta: learning and evaluating through process drama by Elisabet Aznar, Elisa Ballardin, David Martínez

Chapter 12. Beautiful Resistance: A response to a complicated political context   by Abdelfattah Abusrour and Hala Al-Yamani

Chapter 13. Overflowing the university: Embodied learning, caring relationships by Judit Vidiella, Assumpta Bassas, Eva Marichalar-Freixa and Marta Ricart

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