Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada, Volume 1

Surveying the Landscape

Arts education research has increased significantly since the beginning of the new millennium. This peer-reviewed book, the first of two volumes, captures some of the exciting developments in Canada. There is geographical diversity represented from across this large country, as well as theoretical and methodological diversity in the chapters. There is also a sense of togetherness with those, and other, diversities. There are calls to action and calls to play. We hear voices of artists, researchers, and artist researchers. The life histories of others, and of the self, are presented. Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada, Volume 1: Surveying the Landscape provides a wide spectrum of current research by members of the Arts Researchers and Teachers Society (ARTS)/La societé des chercheurs et des enseignants des arts (SCEA), a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS), which is in turn, is a constituent association of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).

Contributors are: Bernard W. Andrews, Julia Brook, Susan Catlin, Genevieve Cloutier, Yoriko Gillard, Kate Greenway, Michael Hayes, Nané Jordan, Sajani (Jinny) Menon, Catrina Migliore, Kathryn Ricketts, Pauline Sameshima, and Sean Wiebe.

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Bernard W. Andrews, Ed.D. (1987), is Professor of Education, University of Ottawa. He has published widely in arts and education journals, including his most recent book, Working Together: A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership (Peter Lang, 2016).
"This compendium offers critical perspectives utilizing various arts-based research methodologies reflective of the richness and diversity of the multicultural landscape of Canada. A must-read for all arts educators and researchers." – Rodger Beatty, Brock University
"What a feast! This book presents a fascinating panoply of post-qualitative research in Canada. With a diverse range of methods, including a/r/tography, auto-ethnography, life history, embodied poetic narrative, historiographic poiesis, proestry, stitching a story cloth and more, artist/scholars leverage the power of the arts to explore, come to know, and represent. Addressing topics from disaster relief to Indigenous arts education to the tortures of teaching practice the authors evocatively demonstrate the enormous potential of researching with and through the arts to enliven understanding." – Benjamin Bolden, UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning, Queen’s University
“This compilation offers new directions in arts-based and arts-informed research with profound implications for pedagogy and practice. You will find in the pages of this book, engaging and thought-provoking ideas from arts education scholars in Canada. I felt inspired by each contribution and am convinced that this book provides timely and valuable insights for future research in arts education.” – Susan O’Neill, Dean, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
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1 From Paris to Belfast: A Canadian Life Writing Journey Home
Nané Jordan
2 Imagination: The Generation of Possibility
Pauline Sameshima, Sean Wiebe and Michael T. Hayes
3 Creating Complex and Diverse Communities of Meaning Makers with Help from Remington
Kathryn Ricketts
4 Historiographic Poiesis and Adoption Ephemera: Journeys in Arts-Based Research
Kate Greenway
5 Arts-Based Methods, Transformation, and Possibilities in Interdisciplinary Arts-Based Research
Genevieve Cloutier
6 KIZUNA: A Creative Journey
Yoriko Gillard
7 A Story Cloth of Curriculum Making: Narratively S-t-i-t-c-h-i-n-g Understandings through Arts-Informed Work
Sajani (Jinny) Menon
8 Being and Becoming an Artist: Exploring the Life Histories of Five Indigenous Artists from the Northwest Territories
Julia Brook and Susan Catlin
9 Tensions in the Mentor-Mentee Relationship in Teacher Education: An Artistic Inquiry
Caterina Migliore
10 Responsive Inquiry: Employing a Musical Metaphor to Conceptualize an Arts-Based Research Strategy for the Electronic Field
Bernard W. Andrews
All interested in recent developments in arts education, especially those concerned with current research and its implications for teaching and learning in schools and post-secondary institutions.