Three Approaches to Qualitative Research through the ARtS

Narratives of Teaching for Social Justice and Community

This book incorporates art-based, partnership-oriented inquiry into social justice discourses and advances qualitative research strategies through the medium of three theoretical frameworks: phenomenology, critical ethnographic research, and poststructuralist theories. Maxine Greene's aesthetic theories motivated to create the ARtS initiative and the author explores the possibility of enhancing children’s understanding of active citizenship and community. It illustrates narratives from children in an urban context while they developed a sense of constructive community and active citizenship in an afterschool program called the ARtS (aesthetic, reflexive thoughts, & sharing) initiative.

As a qualitative methodology text, Three Approaches to Qualitative Research through the ARtS explicates theoretical tenets and research strategies in art-based research. This book shows three examples of how to connect a theoretical framework with the analysis of ethnographic data. A nexus between theory and practice enables researchers and practitioners to understand the value of aesthetic-inspired programs to foster democratic citizenship and to advance equity issues. Social justice-oriented teacher educators, qualitative researchers, and artists will explore and learn how the ARtS initiative recognizes the power of art and multiple research methodologies in imagining and representing a community differently and advancing social justice in a challenging time.

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Seungho Moon, Ed.D. (2011), is Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago. He received his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. He published many articles on cross-cultural conversation between East-West, curriculum theorizing, and art-based, qualitative inquiry.
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 Imagination and the Aesthetic Experience
 What Is the Arts Initiative?
 Methodological Groundings of This Book
 Organization of This Book

Chapter 1: Three Theoretical Approaches to the Arts: Where Our Conversation Begins
 Where to Start
 Phenomenological Inquiry
 Critical Ethnographic Research
 Poststructuralist Theories
 Methodological Inquiry Questions

Chapter 2: Heart Is Active Citizenship
 Metaphors in Phenomenology
 Heart and Active Citizenship
 The Heart of the Arts: Images of Partnership

Chapter 3: Active Citizenship Is a Shout-Out
 Active Citizenship, Solidarity, and Social Change
 Vignettes of the Field: From Critical Ethnographic Research Perspectives
 Further Considerations

Chapter 4: The Arts Community without Community
 The “How” of the Cultural Experience in the Arts
 Thinking with Theories and Theories with Thinking
 The Concept of Community without Community
 Community of Interrelationality
 Multiplicities of Community
 Community without Community and Social Transformation

Chapter 5: The Arts, Social Justice, & Research Methodology
 Issue 1: Open-Ended Inquiry in the Arts
 Issue 2: Arts and Equity Issues
 Issue 3: Community and Partnership
 Issue 4: Towards Methodological Imagination
 Active Citizenship and Metaphors

Social justice-oriented teacher educators, qualitative researchers, advanced undergraduate/ graduate students, and artists concerned with the issues of democratic citizenship, community, art-based inquiry, and qualitative research.
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