Poetry, Method and Education Research
Doing Critical, Decolonising and Political Inquiry
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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.
Table of Contents
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