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Special Interest Group

Arts Based Educational Research

Arts Based Education Research aims to understand education through arts-based concepts, techniques and practice. Practitioners use a variety of arts-based methodologies to undertake their research and / or to communicate their understanding through such diverse genres as autobiography, narrative, poetry, visual arts, drama, dance, music and performance. There is a relatively new but rapidly growing body of both literature and shared practitioner knowledge which directly addresses concepts of art as research, the nature of knowing aesthetically and learning aesthetically, the processes of making, and the use of art as a platform for recording and analysing data. We intend the ABER SIG to provide a platform for theoreticians and practitioners working in arts, education and other fields to discuss, share and reflect on research practice and outcomes, both illuminating and problematical. It will provide a focus for other parties and individuals who may be interested in ABER but who have, so far, not ventured into this particular domain. It will welcome and encourage transdisciplinary knowledge-making with fields such as business and policy studies as well as the social sciences and humanities more generally. This SIG has a close allegiance to the workings of AERA and the bi-annual UK Arts Based Education Research conference in that it will explore the genres of arts and social science research – both their similarities and their differences – and promote the use of arts-based methods of disseminating educational and human science research. It conceives of ABER as an inclusive, democratic, participatory ethical form of inquiry in which research participants are consulted and involved in the process rather than being done to.

SIG Convenors

Adam Hart, Dr

University of Salford

Adam Hart is lecturer in music technology at the University of Salford. He has a background in secondary education and audio programming, and his research interests involve digital technology, musical communication and creative pedagogy. His PhD...

Jill Lloyd-Jones

Arts Education Consultant/Author/Sessional Lecturer

Jill Lloyd-Jones is a Drama Specialist with an M.Ed. in Arts Curriculum and has been a popular teacher and consultant for schools and universities in Canada. As a teacher practitioner, her classroom was the focus of research by British and...

Content associated with this SIG

Arts Education Research Re-drawn

Online registration for this event has now closed, please email events@bera.ac.uk to register. #BERA_ArtsEd Online event – pre-registration essential The COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the...

Past event23 Oct 2020

Arts Education Research Re-drawn

The COVID-19 lockdown has highlighted the importance of the arts in providing social cohesion and wellbeing. From videos of socially distanced singing on balconies to painted NHS rainbows in...

Video23 Oct 2020

Event bursaries 2020

The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only to most of our events. This has now been extended to...

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