This text also highlights the utility of arts-based research concepts toward building innovative curriculum-making strategies for educational practice both within and beyond the classroom setting. Accessible examples of analytic, synthetic, critical-activist, and improvisational arts-based research methodologies and their outcomes were solicited from a wide range of researchers in varying disciplines, including senior faculty and emerging graduate level scholars. Chapters include a paradigm analysis of the characteristics of arts-based research; brief historical overviews along with a review of recent ABR literature; charts, diagrams and photographs representing ABR approaches for addressing diverse kinds of questions; suggestions for using an ABR inquiry model when writing a research paper; and detailed glossaries of key concepts and terms.
2. A Flexible Theory-Building Architecture for Arts-Based Research
C H A P T E R T W O A Flexible Theory-Building Architecture for Arts- Based Research The Curious Case of Objectivity in Science-Based Research Few are fully aware that just as there is no single defi- nition of art, there is also no one scientific method. The idea of “the scientific method” is part of a pow- erful narrative mythology about the preeminent place of logical positivism and the Western mind in the pantheon of knowledge-making—when the truth of the matter is that scientific practice is actu- ally a wide body of methodological approaches de- veloped over centuries, with many contributors from across the globe. While the sciences seek to assign temporary cer- tainties, the arts augur deeply into our enduring am- biguities, probing the unknown and aligning with patterns initially unseen. Consider for a moment the contrast between having a general understanding of the probable geological constitution of an undersea The Scientific Method Part of a powerful narrative mythology about the preeminent place of logical positivism and the Western mind in the pantheon of knowledge-making. Rolling Fin_Rolling fin 4/4/13 12:31 PM Page 39 rock lodged in a sandy shoal—and the realization that the rock you have been looking at is actually a cephalopod that has altered the color and texture of its skin to camouflage itself and appear as a meaning- ful part of its surroundings. Arts-based research methodologies—with their ability to perceive, de- code, and reinterpret the disparate patterns of experi-...
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