Posts in methodology

YouTube clips as data

YouTube clips as data

As outlined in the methodology segment of Raising Creativity (part 3), arts-informed research exists in part as a response to the limitations of traditional research methods. As such, it stands out as being very different in terms of process, form, and objective (Knowles & Cole,... [+]

Part 3 (methodology) is live!

The third instalment of Raising Creativity is now live! This part outlines art-based research methodology and how I’ve adapted it specifically in my dissertation. .       Art-based research “plays by rules that differ from those applied to more conventional research” (Barone & Eisner, 1997, p. 101).... [+]

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... [+]

Summer 2013 update

Summer 2013 update

It’s midsummer already, and a lot is in motion. I thought I would take a moment to report on progress so far and to reflect on the whole dissertation process. .     After having my research proposal approved in January, I felt disburdened and revitalized... [+]

The learning environment

In Raising Creativity, a range of different settings constitute the backdrop from video to video. Because this series deals with education in its broadest conception, it is intentional that the scenes in which my narration take place do not only show the traditional classroom, as... [+]

Collective Intelligence/Inclusion

The methodology behind Raising Creativity involves mining the “collective intelligence” (Jenkins, 2006) of YouTube for relevant clips that can be remixed together to form a cohesive illuminated response to the question of how creativity can be nurtured in education. In this blog I consider the... [+]

Emergence

Emergence

Because art and research both hinge on discovery, emergence (that which is unplanned that reveals itself) is held up as a critical element of an art-based researcher’s process, as this post will discuss. As Picasso once said, “if you know exactly what you are going... [+]

Matters of copyright

Matters of copyright

Foundational to its art-based methodology, Raising Creativity co-opts snippets of copyrighted material to produce original documentary videos. In this post, I will discuss the details of the Copyright Act and explain how remix is justly used in my research. .    I will admit from the outset,... [+]

Writing vs. visually scripting

Producing a dissertation in video form has its challenges. In this post, I discuss the political and technical challenges of scripting visually as opposed to solely writing. .    The PhD program I’m in at Brock University attempts to support doctoral students working with research... [+]

The multimodal PhD framework

Before my PhD proposal could be approved at the departmental level, part of the task was to necessarily develop a framework for the alternative, multimodal format for the Ph.D. dissertation. I worked collaboratively with my supervisor, Dr. Jennifer Rowsell, and Dean Michael Plyley to produce the following.... [+]

Alternative dissertation formats

It’s 2013. Writing as we know it has changed, having evolved with technology (Dobson, 2005) yet the expectations for the dissertation have remained constant. Innovative writing formats can now offer scholarship new perspectives, new audiences, and new directions moving forward. Here I discuss how art-based... [+]

The PhD must change

The PhD must change

At the time of this posting, the all-time most read and commented on article in University Affairs (UA) online magazine is one entitled, “The PhD is in Need of Revision” (Tamburri, 2013). I couldn’t agree more, and in this blog I’d like to explain why.... [+]

Art-based research in a nutshell

Although I am employing bricolage (i.e., a combination of methodologies for a customized application; Kincheloe, 2001), there is one main methodology that I draw most heavily from: Arts-informed Research (AIR). Based upon another post I wrote located at rebeccazak.com, this post will discuss AIR succinctly,... [+]

Research vs. creative process

Research vs. creative process

Scholarly work is widely regarded today to include that which is creative in nature. This post, taken from my online Comprehensive Portfolio at www.rebeccazak.com, explains the rationale for this. .    The Brock University Faculty Association Collective Agreement (2008; and others like it) supports the use... [+]