Practice-based reflections of enabling agency through arts-based methodological ir/responsibility

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Arts-based methods are well-placed to enable disruptions to normative positioning
of researcher, respondent and subject. This chapter draws on the
author’s reflections of opening the research processes to the possibilities of
methodological ir/responsibility. It focuses on a selection of mixed-method
projects where a significant contribution to the validity of the empirical
research emerged from the arts-based methods employed, including the use of
journal writing, story-telling, metaphoric and visual imagery. The discussion
is structured around the validity of the methods for the purposes of generating
data to inform the evaluation of and research on that which is often difficult
and elusive to analyse in higher education. A particular contribution of the
chapter is the discussion of how the construction of research participants
informed both the data generation processes, and the analytic approach to the
texts they authored. An argument is made for the importance of establishing
conditions which enable the possibilities of participants’ agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArts-based methods in education around the world
EditorsXiangyun Du, Tatiana Chemi
Number of pages181
ISBN (Electronic)9788793609372
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameInnovation and Change in Education - Cross-cultural Perspective
PublisherRiver Publishers


  • arts-based
  • artistry in teaching
  • reflection
  • student participation
  • arts
  • creativity
  • authorship
  • readership


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