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Arts Based Education Research, Katherine goes to Chicago!

Author: Katherine Wimpenny   24th April 2015


From April 16- 21st 2015, I was at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in Chicago.

I presented a co-authored paper (Wimpenny & Savin-Baden, 2015) in the Arts Based Educational Research (ABER) Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing on a framework to support the analysis, interpretation and representation of data when conducting Arts Related Research. This paper was developed from a chapter in a recent co-authored book on arts related research by Savin-Baden & Wimpenny (2014).

katherine-chicago-2This is the third paper I have presented at AERA. The conference continues to be exciting and exhilarating. I followed the ABER SIG which provided opportunity for me to network with key researchers, practitioners and authors in the field, as well as attend some amazing papers. A highlight for me from conference was meeting and talking with Peter Gouazasis, Professor of Music Education from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada,

Peter’s work at UBC over the past 24 years has evolved through three, connective strands: (1) teaching and learning in music (including digital media and technologies), (2) developing an understanding of learning in and through the Arts and general curriculum using Arts Based Educational Research methods and digital technologies, and (3) an organicist, relational, developmental perspective of lifelong learning.

Since returning Peter and I have continued our conversations, and are currently writing a joint paper. Further, Peter is coming to visit us here in the DMLL January 2016 to share his expertise and present on his work, and I am visiting his department at UBC to further our research and pedagogical interests this October 2015.

I can’t wait!

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