1st Edition

Poetry, Method and Education Research Doing Critical, Decolonising and Political Inquiry

Edited By Esther Fitzpatrick, Katie Fitzpatrick Copyright 2021
    306 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Poetry can be both political and pedagogical. It is utilised in a variety of ways in research to enhance, critique, analyse, and express different voices.

    Poetry, Method and Education Research brings together international scholars to explore issues as diverse as neoliberalism, culture, decolonising education, health, and teacher identities. A key strength of the book is its attention to poetry as a research method, including discussions of "how to" engage with poetry in research, as well as including a range of research poems. Poetry is thus framed as both a method and performance. Authors in this book address a wide variety of questions from different perspectives including how to use poetry to think about complex issues in education, where poetry belongs in a research project, how to write poetry to generate and analyse "data", and how poetry can represent these findings.

    This book is an essential resource for students and researchers in education programmes, and those who teach in graduate research methods courses.


    Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, University of Georgia, USA

    1. What Poetry Does for Us in Education and Research

    Esther Fitzpatrick and Katie Fitzpatrick, University of Auckland

    Section 1: Poetry and Poetic Methodologies

    2. Poetic Inquiry

    Lynn Butler-Kisber McGill University, Canada

    3. Poetic Representations, Not-Quite-Poetry and Poemish: Some Methodological Reflections

    Andrew C. Sparkes, Leeds Beckett University, UK

    4. Education and/As Art: A Found Poetry Suite

    Monica Prendergast, Victoria University, Canada

    5. Sensible Poets and The Poetic Sensibility: Mitigating Neoliberal/Audit Culture in Education Through Arts-Based Research

    Robert E. Rinehart, University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Section 2: Poetry, Politics, and Educational Issues

    6. Poetry and Cancer: Six Ruminations

    Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia, Canada

    7. Writing the University Through Poetry: The Pleasure of Scholarship Against the Spike of Neoliberalism

    Katie Fitzpatrick, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    8. My Middle-Aged Rage Burns the Template in Front of the Provost’s Office After the Assessment Meeting

    Sandra L. Faulkner, Bowling Green State University

    9. Community and Belonging: An International Student’s Journey in North America

    Frank C. Worrell, University of California, Berkley, USA

    10. The Munchkin and the Medicine Man: Poetry’s Place in a "Hard" World

    Laura Hope-Gill, Lenoir-Rhyne University, USA

    11. Becoming a First-Time Mother as An International Graduate Student: A Poetic Ethnography

    Kuo Zhang, University of Georgia, USA

    Section 3: Decolonising Education and Indigenous Poetry

    12. Cultivating Resonant Images Through Poetic Meditation: A De/Colonial Approach to Educational Research

    Kakali Bhattacharya, Kansas University, USA

    13. Making the Invisible Visible: Poetic Explorations of a Cross-Cultural Researcher

    Pauline Adams, Te Whare Wananga O Aotearoa, New Zealand

    14. The Tukutuku Panel Is Never Bare: Weaving Bicultural Relationships Through Poetic Performances

    Virginia Tamanui and Esther Fitzpatrick, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    15. Traversing Pacific Indigenous Identities in Aotearoa: Blood, Ink, Lives

    Jacoba Matapo and Jean M. Allen, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Section 4: Poetry and Critical Pedagogical Research

    16. Why I Use a Poem in Every Single Classroom

    Selina Tusitala Marsh, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    17. Re/Turning the World into Poetry [An Alternative Education Portfolio]

    Adrian Schoone, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    18. Creasing and Folding Language in Dance Education Research

    Alys Longley, Dance Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    19. Poetry Drops a Plumbline into Meaning: Findings from An Inquiry into Teacher Creativity

    Shelley Tracey, Queens University, Belfast, Ireland

    20. Memory, Poetry, Art, and Children: Understanding the Past from the Present

    Maria Esperanza Rock Nunez, University of Guadalajara, Chile


    Esther Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland. Her current research includes critical arts-based methodologies to explore emerging in-between identities, culturally responsive practice, and the impact of neoliberal ideologies on academic identities. She has several publications employing creative methods in educational research.

    Katie Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor at The University of Auckland. Her research focuses on health education, physical education, sexuality education, critical pedagogy, and critical ethnographic and poetic research methods. Katie has published numerous articles and book chapters, and six books in these areas, including an international award-winning book.

    This book is terrific. It covers the wide-ranging power of poetic inquiry across disciplines and continents. Bringing together in one place a collection of creative and diverse ways of writing poetry as a method of inquiry. I am in awe!

    Laurel Richardson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

    This book offers an exciting approach to critical and decolonizing methods in education research. Poetry is often the super-power that can reach and engage learners in ways that connect their feelings and thoughts, their bodies and experiences, their dreams and voices. In the hands of critical educators and researchers it can open up new possibilities and insights. The authors in this book approach this super power with respect, awareness and hopefulness. 

    Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, The University of Waikato

    Pushes the fields of poetic inquiry and education forward, beautifully documenting how poetry may be used to subvert dominant ideologies and collaborate with indigenous partners. Every researcher and creative writer should have this on their bookshelf - makes a wonderful addition to courses that deal with pedagogy, education, methodology, and social justice."

    Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., author of Method Meets Art and Spark

    An extraordinary and important book. This is a text that sings to the reader. Its poetry, and its writing about poetry, lifts us, transports us; and it calls us, too, to see poetry's capacity for subversion and resistance. It makes us want to write poetry, and to bring poetry into our inquiries. What a gift.

    Professor Jonathan Wyatt, The University of Edinburgh, UK

    Reading this collection of poetic, personal, and inspiring essays reminds us why creating space for poetry and imagination in the academy is vital. The editors have gathered authors from around the world that breathe life into research, lean on uncertainty, and challenge the status quo in beautiful, convincing ways. A must read for educators and researchers in all fields!

    Professor George Belliveau, University of British Columbia, Canada