Arts-based inquiry uses artistic expression as data for inquiry. An example is the study of Katz-Buonincontro & Foster (2012: 347) who “systematically examined how students’ symbols and color choices reflected their views of “self” and how the act of drawing was a “medium of expression” (Eisner, 1997, 2009 )” [...] “Building on the notion that avatars’ appearances and behaviors are plastic (Bailenson & Bell, 2006 ) and that working in digital media is fluid and thus fosters constructability (Brown & Sorensen, 2010 ), we contend that student identity - based on the analysis of their avatar drawings, interviews, and observations— reveals significant portraits of students’ racial and academic identity.”
See also arts-based research
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Katz-Buonincontro J., Foster A. (2012) Examining Students’ Cultural Identity and Player Styles Through Avatar Drawings in a Game-Based Classroom. In: Ifenthaler D., Eseryel D., Ge X. (eds) Assessment in Game-Based Learning. Springer, New York, NY
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Pigrum, D., & Stables, A. (2005). Qualitative Inquiry as Gegenwerk: Connections Between Art and Research. [Article]. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 4(4), 1-15.
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Samaras, A. P. (2010). Explorations in using arts-based self-study methods. [Article]. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), 23(6), 719-736. doi: 10.1080/09518390903426212
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