Constructing neonarratives: a pluralistic approach to research

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Stewart, Robyn Anne. 2008. "Constructing neonarratives: a pluralistic approach to research." Hickman, Richard (ed.) Research in art and design education: issues and exemplars. United Kingdom. Intellect Books. pp. 157-163
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Constructing neonarratives: a pluralistic approach to research

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2249
Book TitleResearch in art and design education: issues and exemplars
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AuthorStewart, Robyn Anne
EditorsHickman, Richard
Page Range157-163
SeriesReadings in Art and Design Education
Number of Pages7
Year2008
PublisherIntellect Books
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Abstract

Calls for more research linking theory with culture and contemporary classroom practice suggest that research focused on art or art education should explore dichotomies in the many faceted areas of cognition, perception and creativity. This may be because cultural developments and curriculum praxis tend to move at different paces. The cultural approach to research described here proposes to continue a comprehensive analysis of the structure of the field of art and education, attempting to identify more precisely the nature of the field and its relationship to contemporary sociocultural practices and related educational needs.

This qualitative interactive approach is fashioned to recognize the complicated nature of art and education while taking into account the complexity of views within contemporary cultural conditions. While this may be seen as contrary to much extant postmodernist thinking it is
necessary to provide more awareness of shared views as well as those which we dispute.

The method known as 'Neonarrative' develops new stories to account for the overarching cultural conditions which mediate contemporary art and education, teaching and learning. It is an interdisciplinary research framework, understood in terms of postmodern and post-colonial contexts which provide the sociocultural dimensions, and its methods reside within a sociocultural frame.

The research sequence develops Neonarratives from a narratological approach combining autobiographical data and interview texts, storied within the contemporary world. Narrative discourse is used as a medium of representation for the structuring of knowledge in the particular setting of the research interview. The narratives form tools for assembling personal accounts, and it is from these tales that constructed Neonarratives emerge as different stories which represent aspects of contemporary cultural conditions of visual arts and art education.

Keywordsneonarratives; research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020369999. Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
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