“Fearless” exploration of creative methodology in research

Bhandari, Renu and Rainford, Jon (2023). “Fearless” exploration of creative methodology in research. In: “Fearless” exploration of creative methodology in research, 23 Oct 2023, Online.

Abstract

Drawing upon experiences from using photo elicitation in a recent PRAXIS funded project, this session will be an interactive workshop allowing the participants, academics, and researchers to think about creative qualitative approaches that could aid in better understanding of ideas and concepts for participants with diverse characteristics. Whilst these methods have the power to engage different groups, they can also create different barriers to participation which require careful thought and planning. The academics and researchers have to engage in a “fearless exploration” and pursuit of qualitative methodology that can interface and bridge the gaps created by discipline training, overcoming researcher bias, and fear of losing control in methodology and research. The creative qualitative methods in research can aid in creating even playing field for research to find meaningful, easy, and stress-free ways of engaging with the participants. The one-hour session will be divided into three parts.

1. Past-Creative Research technique and barriers to creative confidence (15 minutes)- Sharing use of Photo elicitation technique and its powerful use with Neurodivergent students – Share the pictures and the narratives from the research. (Bhandari and Rainford, 2023).
Barriers to break to be creatively confident- Fear of the unknown, fear of judgement, fear of first step and fear of losing control (Rainford, 2022)
2. Present -Building creative confidence in a group (15 minutes) – Through practical exploration of elicitation techniques using existing photos, object-based methods, and participant imagery we will explore how to demonstrate and think about difficult concepts, creating creative spaces for their students, and making the research and teaching more impactful.
3. Future-Way forward with the qualitative creative methods (15 minutes) – Group discussion of the potential advantages, disadvantages, and possible impact of elicitation methods as a useful tool to use with flexibility and participation with diverse participants.
4. Questions. (15 mins)



References.
Bhandari, R. and Rainford, J., (2023). Exploring the Transitions of Neurodivergent Access Students to Level One Study: Narratives of Study Skills and Support. International Journal of Educational and Life Transitions, 2(1), p.5.DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ijelt.38
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Rainford, J(2022)Blog Post The role of creative confidence in creative research methods — Dr. Jon Rainford (Accessed 19/9/23)
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Vincent, J., Potts, M., Fletcher, D., Hodges, S., Howells, J., Mitchell, A., Mallon, B., & Ledger, T. (2017). ‘I think autism is like running on windows while everyone else is a mac’: using a participatory action research approach with students on the autistic spectrum to rearticulate autism and the lived experience of university. Educational Action Research, 25(2), 300–315. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09650792.2016.1153978

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