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Arts-Based Research in Education

Foundations for Practice, 2nd Edition

Edited by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Richard Siegesmund

© 2018 – Routledge

288 pages

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Presenting readers with definitions and examples of arts-based educational research, this text identifies tensions, questions, and models in the field and provides guidance for both beginning and more experienced practice. As arts-based research grows in prominence and popularity across education and the social sciences, the barriers between empirical, institutional, and artistic research diminish and new opportunities emerge for discussion, consideration, and reflection. This book responds to an ever increasing, global need to understand and navigate this evolving domain of research. Featuring a diverse range of contributors, this text weaves together critical essays about arts-based research in the literary, visual, and performing arts with examples of excellence in theory and practice.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Additional focus on the historical and theoretical foundations of arts-based educational research to guide readers through development of the field since its inception.
  • New voices and chapters on a variety of artistic genres, including established and emerging social science researchers and artists who act, sing, draw, and narrate findings.
  • Builds off and extends the concept of scholartistry, introduced in the first edition, to interrogate excellence in educational inquiry and artistic processes and products.
  • Integrates and applies theoretical frameworks such as sociocultural theory, new materialsm, and critical pedagogy to create interdisciplinary connections.
  • Expanded toolkit for scholartists to inspire creativity, questioning, and risk-taking in research and the arts.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund

2. Celebrating Monkey Business in Art Education and Research

Madeleine Grumet

3. Putting Critical Public Pedagogy into Practice: Reorienting the Career Path of the Teacher-Artist-Scholar

Yen Yen Woo

4. Art, Agency, and Inquiry: Making Connections Between New Materialism and Contemporary Pragmatism in Arts-Based Research

Jerry Lee Rosiek

5. Wild Imagination, Radical Imagination, Politics and the practice of Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER) and Scholartistry

Donald Blumenfeld-Jones

6. Being Pregnant as an International Ph.D. Student: A Poetic Autoethnography

Kuo Zhang

7. What is an Artist-Teacher When Teaching Second Languages?

Yohan Hwang

8. Ethnographic Activist Middle Grades Fiction: Reflections on Researching and Writing "Dear Mrs. Naidu"

Mathangi Subramanian

9. Misperformance Ethnography

Monica Prendergast and George Belliveau

10. "Songwriting as Ethnographic Practice", or "How Stories Humanize"

Kristina Jacobsen

11. The End Run: Art and the Heart of the Matter

Dana Walrath

12. Expanding Paradigms: Art as Performance and Performance as Communication in Politically Turbulent Times

Petula Sik-Ying Ho, Hoi-Yan Chan, and Sui-Ting Kong

13. HAPPENINGS: Allan Kaprow’s Experimental, Inquiry-Based Art Education

Charles R. Garoian

14. Turning Towards: Materializing New Possibilities Through Curating: A Curator’s Essay

Brooke Hofsess

15. The Abandoned School as an Anomalous Place of Learning: A Practice-led Approach to Doctoral Research

Natalie LeBlanc

16. Thinking in Comics: An Emerging Process

Nick Sousanis

17. For Art’s Sake Stop Making Art

Jorge Lucero

18. Finding the Progress in Work-in-Progress: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process in Arts-Based Research

John Borstel

19. A Researcher Prepares: The Art of Acting for the Qualitative Researcher

Kathleen R. McGovern

20. Learning to Perceive: Teaching Scholartistry

Richard Siegesmund

21. Four Guiding Principles for Arts-Based Research Practice

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

About the Editors

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor is Professor of TESOL and World Language Education at the University of Georgia, USA.

Richard Siegesmund is Professor of Art+Design Education at Northern Illinois University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
EDUCATION / Research