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Bringing installation art to reconnaissance to share values and generate action

with the ‘Get Wet’ team; Townsend, Andrew; Thomson, Pat

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with the ‘Get Wet’ team



Abstract

The English education system has recently seen something of a revival of enthusiasm for the use of research both to develop educational practices and to gather evidence about their effectiveness. These initiatives often present action research as a model of individual problem-solving, which, we argue, communicates a limited conception of action research. In this paper we propose an alternative to this ‘problem-solving’ conception of action research that acknowledges the complex, messy nature of action research through the use of arts installations. Specifically, we present the reconnaissance phase of a project which brought together a partnership comprising a water heritage museum, university staff, teachers and artists. A pedagogical adaptation of contemporary installation art theory and practice fostered the exploration of individual and collective understandings of water, and also established a shared approach to curriculum development and ownership of the project among all participants. We propose that this creative practice enhanced and changed the process of reconnaissance; it allowed the group to establish and share commitments to the value of water conservation and generated a wide range of options for our action research.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2015
Journal Educational Action Research
Print ISSN 0965-0792
Electronic ISSN 1747-5074
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 36-50
APA6 Citation with the ‘Get Wet’ team, , Townsend, A., & Thomson, P. (2015). Bringing installation art to reconnaissance to share values and generate action. Educational Action Research, 23(1), 36-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2014.994013
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2014.994013
Keywords Arts installations, reconnaissance, conservation, environmental education, messy methods, complexity theory
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09650792.2014.994013
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....cope&journalCode=reac20

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