Exploring students’ experiences of arts-based pedagogy: An a/r/tographical journey

  • Author / Creator
    Purton, Fiona L
  • My research seeks to understand the experience of students who were labeled with learning disabilities and/or behavioural issues and subsequently transferred to an arts-based school. Specifically, I focused on students’ sense of belonging and self-efficacy, their willingness to take academic risks and their aspirations for their future. The methods employed to collect the students’ stories were one-on-one, semi-structured interviews and an arts-based focus group. My methodology is arts-based. I practice métissage as a/r/tography by weaving together life writing, visual and textual metaphor, and theory and research. The findings of this research suggested that in the arts-based context 1) students feel confidence, hope and aspiration; 2) the students’ current arts-based school is a supportive community; and 3) students feel recognition and appreciation of their strengths and efforts. I situate my discussion primarily in the work of Maxine Greene while also drawing on central tenets of constructivism and critical theory.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2013
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  • Degree
    Master of Education
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    University of Alberta
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  • Specialization
    • Theoretical Cultural and International Studies in Education
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Pente, Patti (Elementary Education)
    • Spencer, Brenda (Educational Policy Studies)
    • Wimmer, Randolph (Educational Policy Studies)
    • Wallace, Janice (Educational Policy Studies)