Bricolage

Bricolage

In constructing an appropriate method for this research, I have borrowed from various methodologies (namely, A/r/tography, Arts-informed Research, and, to a lesser extent, narrative inquiry) to develop something specifically fitting for my purposes. In doing so, I’ve effectively implemented bricolage as a research orientation. This post will explain what bricolage is, from both a research and visual arts point-of-view.

.        Kincheloe (2001) describes bricolage as the use of a variety of educational methods used together synergistically to offer multiple perspectives and promote greater rigour. I am most familiar with bricolage, however, as an art medium, in which materials and content are chosen for their availability (i.e., whatever’s on hand) and combined to produce form (Bricolage, 2013). Bricolage is an appropriate term for my research from both of these perspectives: I’m utilizing only what I feel are the most relevant aspects of A/r/tography and narrative inquiry and combining these with Arts-informed Research for a customized comprehensive methodology, AND I’m using what have now become ubiquitous tools (e.g., YouTube, my video camera, and a blog) to produce it. I expect the results will be as Kincheloe describes: more conceptually complex work, richer and more rigourous, thanks to the bricolage approach. It should be no surprise that a new era would demand a new way of researching, of thinking, of understanding. If creativity is what’s unique and novel, and relevant and useful, then my method itself is a demonstration of creativity—which, of course, is very fitting.

 

References

Bricolage. (2013). Retrieved August 28, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bricolage
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Kincheloe, J. L. (2001). Describing the bricolage: Conceptualizing a new rigor
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.        in qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry 7(6), 679–692.

 

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