Breaking Boundaries with Storytelling

Breaking Academic Boundaries; Storytelling

On: Troubling the Academic Theseis see UWS presentation by Dr Chris Dooks (UK) and Dr Nick Sousanis (USA) Kuyvenhoven (2009) argues words that tell a story can create different images inside different students, which are then restoryed (Leavy, 2009), redrawn and re-imagined in the search to make meaning. Gottschall (2012) argues storytelling is deeply rooted into our being and Noddings (2002) argues it is central to forming our identity and how we empathetically come together as a culture and community. Gottschall (2012) further argues it has been this way since we sat around the campfires and started drawing on cave walls. So why not break academic boundaries by doing what Green (1999, p.80) has suggested and demystify the artistic process by ‘reconceptualising art education’ so that other faculties of education can also engage students with art-based research practices. Arts based research practices (ABR) (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000), such as narrative inquiry (Leavy, 2009) specifically engage students into restorying. Cahnmann-Taylor and Siegesmund (2008, p.237) argue the aim of ABR is to research relational tensions in order to gain deeper understanding and broaden perspectives. Noddings (2002, p.40) argues that art education teaches for critical thinking, as it ‘requires a starting point in moral sensibility’. It is also argued by hooks (2010) that there are times when qualitative information is not enough and we need our imagination to synthesize it.
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