Creating new stories for praxis: practitioner-led research in the creative arts

Stewart, Robyn (2005) Creating new stories for praxis: practitioner-led research in the creative arts. In: 1st International Conference on Redesigning Pedagogy: Research, Policy, Practice, 30 May-1 Jun 2005, Singapore.

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In moving creatively into our practice we are fundamentally concerned to develop new knowledge, to challenge old beliefs and to speculate on the ‘what ifs’ of our concepts and processes. For the arts practitioner, whether studio or classroom based, new knowledge is made in the context of and challenge to the history, theory and practices of our relevant field. The research function for developing and extending knowledge is judged on the outcome of the research, which synthesises, extends or analyses the problematics of the discipline (Guba & Lincoln 1989).

While my work now explores the possibilities of research for the artist as studio practitioner it is framed by my activities as a teacher of artists. Through my teaching I approach practitioner-led research as a way of working, investigating and theorising what it is to practice in the studio as researcher (Dissanayake, 1990; Van Maanen 1990; Turner & Bruner 1986). In this process, as with many teachers of art, my classroom has become synonymous with my studio, functioning as a laboratory for research (Weirsma 1995). My hybrid practice includes crossing between spaces and places, exploring and practising in diverse and often foreign fields, retaining an excitement about change and difference, practising simultaneously as artist/ researcher / teacher.

This paper explores the process of redesigning pedagogy through an approach to practitioner-led research that conceptualises it as critical, reflective, investigative praxis. Praxis, for me, involves the crucial and inextricable meld of theory and practice. Thus practitioner-led research is concerned with processes for theorising practice, using appropriation, pastiche and collaboration as basic tenants.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Visual Arts (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Visual Arts (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2009 01:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: practitioner-led research; research; artists; creative arts; praxis
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441006 Sociological methodology and research methods
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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