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Arts-Based Research: Weaving Magic and Meaning

Janinka Greenwood
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Citation: Greenwood, J. (2012). Arts-Based Research: Weaving Magic and
Meaning. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 13(Interlude 1). Retrieved
[August 16, 2012] from

What kinds of things do we research when we use arts-based research? And when
we apply arts-based research to educational contexts, what kinds of contributions to
the scholarship of learning and teaching can we make?

Taking as its basis three case studies in which art processes were used to investigate
culture and identity, this essay examines the kinds of questions arts-based research
might seek to answer. At the same time as it acknowledges the value of the less
definable and often holistic kinds of knowing that may result through the use of art
tools and aesthetic analysis, it also argues for the usefulness of strategic focus on
specific frames of investigation and specific outcomes. It further examines the
relationship between arts-based research and learning.

Arts-Based Research: A Philosophical Perspective *

A revised version of “Researching Imagination : Imagining Research,” originally published in POIESIS: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, Volume 2, 2000.

Arts-Based Research by Shaun McNiff.  Chapter 3 from  Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues [Hardcover] J . Gary Knowles (Editor), Ardra L. Cole (Editor)

Arts-Based Research in Education: A Review


What is the difference between research that uses art, research about art,  and research through art? Is arts-based educational research (ABER) a method or medium? What does arts-based research look like? How is it used and evaluated? Editors Cahnmann-Taylor and Siegesmund recruited an arresting array of contributors: paradigmatic pioneers, noted artist scholars, as well as newcomers to the field. This volume condenses the history, unique features, social contributions, and controversy into a readable, scholarly, and practical text. Each artist-researcher develops a chapter comprised of multiple elements: biography, explanation of intent, critique, photos and open-ended questions. True to ABER epistemology, these contributors cultivate more questions than answers. Key Words: Arts-based Research, Qualitative Research, and Education. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund: ArtsBased Research in Education: Foundations for Practice (2008a),


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