#13 QofR: Lecture Notes ‘Research Methods’ – Elaine Igoe

Presentation – Elaine Igoe

Trying to get to grips with how you describe how you are investigating the question – experience, doing, making, theoretical

How you did it, what it is, why you did it, what’s the message, what does it mean, reactions…Mix of things

There is no correct answer but once you start engaging with it you find your position.

There is no right way – take a perspective, find a way through because you can’t explain everything. Show the journey of the dot.

Practice based research:

  • Make, enact, explore, embody, test (Bruce Archer)
  • Doing and outcome
  • Images, music, design, models, digital etc, performances, exhibitions
  • Linda Candy ‘Creative and Cognition Studies’
  • Research FOR, INTO and THROUGH Art and Design

Use METAPHOR to give yourself new and interesting ways of seeing things.

To write is to carve a new path through the terrain of the imagination…to read is to travel through that terrain with the author as guide.’ Solnit, 2001, 72.

Richard, L and St Pierre FA (2005)

  • Writing as a method of enquiry
  • Narrative enquiry – visual, textual, mixed
  • Your story, your notes, your blogs
  • Writing in different ways can create different truths, a way of evaluating your own learning.
  • Drawing (Image making) is personal
  • Drawing is a research tool to elicit information from other people.

Walking, peripatetic inquiry, being, looking, listening, touching, embodied, emplaced, multi-sensory, ethnographic research method.

  • Embodied and multi sensory – record your experiential reality
  • Interviewing other people about their behaviour, finding patterns

Rachel Philpott:

  • Seeking out and reconstruction of meaning
  • Hidden process of making as well as intuitive and embodied knowledge
  • Evolution of design forms and concepts

Schon: A reflective conversation with the materials of the situation, raw ingredients, set up, allow, facilitate.

Don’t neglect your practice – engage in the conversation, discuss, talk with peers and tutor. The answer is in there.

  • Active documentation and reflection in action.
  • Explore in a playful way.
  • Goett (2005, 2) The Walking Line
  • Collect and sew back together again.

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