Creative approaches to researching further, higher and adult education

Creative approaches to researching further, higher and adult education

This special edition of QRJ is reflective of the great breadth of research in the field of Further, Adult, and Higher Education. In this edition, we bring together work by authors from Australia, Canada and the UK, each exploring a different aspect of research in one of these fields. Apart from the sector in which they are located, the papers for this edition are linked by a concern with relationships, expressed through narratives of different forms. Littlefair et al draw on the words of actors in the field to demonstrate the importance of values, collegiality and intellectual kinship in the building of external relationships essential to a University’s business model and income generation. In Crimmins et al, seven women-writers-performers-artists-academics, whilst having a very different focus to their paper, demonstrate the importance of their relationships in supporting one another as they use narrative to story, de-story and re-story the experience of their lives. In contrast, Roberts utilises the art of Kendo, or Japanese fencing, in which the opponents ‘confront each other with decorum, discipline and focus while striving towards a decisive combative outcome’ as a means of framing phenomenological inquiry. He draws on this to develop a narrative of organisational sensemaking. Shabtay et al work closely together to use dramatic techniques as a means of enabling the process of becoming pedagogical amongst groups of pre-service teachers. They present a narrative account of this process. Working with graduate class, Glasser et al discuss the process of working towards the pledge ‘I am enough’ through a process of collaborative enquiry which involved the positive affirmative actions of self-acceptance, self-grace, self-improvement, and positive encouragement of oneself and others. Becker discusses the concept of ‘musicking’ to create an “in-between” space challenging researcher positionality and giving voice to the “researched”. The paper also explores how music also acted as a bridging agent encouraging open and honest dialogue and relationship building. In the final paper Arnold seeks to illuminate the way in which pre-service teachers adopt ways of thinking critically about learning and practice.


A dramatic collage: Becoming pedagogical through collaborative playbuilding,Artful praxis: experience, inquiry and consciousness,Beyond researcher as instrument – researcher with instrument: musicking in qualitative data collection,Creative approaches to researching further, higher and adult education,Husserl’s epoche and the way of the sword: exploring pathways into phenomenological inquiry,Kinship and collegiality: an exploration of the underpinning characteristics of external partnerships at a university education department,Rupturing the limitations and masculinities of traditional academic discourse through collective memoir,The supermodel astronaut challenge: traversing frames of mind

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