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Creative methods in higher education research

Monday, 10 September 2018

Creative methods in higher education research
SRHE Methodology Workshop



Jennifer Leigh (University of Kent)

Lou Harvey (University of Leeds)

Nicole Brown (University College London)

Jessica Bradley (Leeds Trinity University)


Educational research continues to rely on traditional research methods from the social sciences, such as interviews, surveys, questionnaires and focus groups despite being fundamentally a multi-disciplinary field. For this seminar/workshop hybrid we have come together as four HE researchers who use different creative approaches in our work to introduce why and how they might be useful, and to allow participants to experience and discuss the implications. Our own work uses what might be broadly termed ‘creative’ methods, drawing on the visual and performing arts, embodied perspectives, the use of material objects and metaphor, and narrative and poetic approaches.

You will gain hands-on experiences of using material objects and metaphor, and have time to think about how and why you might approach research in this way, and the kinds of considerations you will need to bear in mind. You will also have the opportunity to discuss ideas you might have or possibilities for incorporating creative research approaches into your own work.

To prepare for this session please bring with you an object or photograph that represents something about your work or identity as an HE researcher.

We intend to expand this into a series of workshops examining other creative approaches to research, such as drama, narrative, visual, movement and film-based methods, and sessions addressing the implications of these approaches for research ethics, dissemination, engagement and impact.


Programme for the day:


10:30 Arrive and welcome

11:00 Presentations exemplifying how the organisers have used different creative approaches in their research (drama; objects as representations and metaphors; visual arts collage)

11.45 Practical workshop demonstrating a specific method, using objects

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Workshop debrief and discussion

2.15 Participants discuss their own research and ideas for using creative methods

3:00 Break

3:15 Plenary discussion – Q&A, future workshop ideas, evaluation

4:00 Close

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Monday, 10 September 2018
Times: 10:30 - 16:00
Location: SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
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