A Dialogue in Words and Images between Two Artists
Robert D. Quinn
Doing Arts-based Educational Research
East Carolina University
University of Georgia
Citation: Quinn, R. D. & Calkin, J. (2008). A dialogue in words and images between
two artists doing Arts-Based Educational Research. International Journal of
Education & the Arts, 9(5). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v9n5/.
Over ten years ago, Tom Barone and Elliot Eisner (1997) described seven features of
existing artistic approaches to educational inquiry. Their chapter dealt primarily with
written, prosaic forms of Arts-Based Educational Research, or ABER, particularly
educational criticism and narrative storytelling. In their concluding section, Barone and
Eisner recognize the limitless possibilities of utilizing non-linguistic forms of
representation to conduct ABER. It is the thesis of our paper that such forms might be
considered Research-Based Art (RBA), given the shift in emphasis from linguistic to
non-linguistic ways of representing what it is that we come to know about our world.
While ABER is considerably broad, we seek to apply as specifically as possible Barone
and Eisner's categorical structure to our own RBA. We do so by defining RBA,
reconceptualizing Barone and Eisner's seven features as they pertain to RBA, and
providing excerpts of our own dialog in applying the seven features to a specific aspect of
Jamie's doctoral dissertation. Specifically, we discuss how our understanding and use of
RBA compares and contrasts with Barone and Eisner's seven features of ABER.
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