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An introduction to research for creative arts students: visual research methods and information literacy. Gundry & Widdicombe

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An introduction to research for creative arts students: visual research methods and information literacy. Gundry & Widdicombe

  1. 1. An introduction to research for creative arts students: visual research methods & IL Lucy Gundry & Kristy Widdicombe
  2. 2. From Noble, Ian. & Bestley, Russell. (2005) Visual research: an introduction to research methodologies in graphic design. London: AVA Publishing. Cog-ignition: the development of learning objects to support learning & teaching at UCA
  3. 3. ‘Technology is an enabling tool.’ (Garrison & Vaughan 2009)
  4. 4. ‘All undergraduate students in all higher education institutions should experience learning through, and about, research and inquiry.’ (Healey & Jenkins 2009) ‘All undergraduate students in all higher education institutions should experience learning through, and about, research and inquiry.’ (Healey & Jenkins 2009)
  5. 5. ‘Students’ perceptions of research is very much led by the context of their assignments’ and that they are ‘reluctant to approach their tutor directly… for advice on what research content to access.’ (Hampton- Reeves, et al 2009) ‘Students’ perceptions of research is very much led by the context of their assignments’ and that they are ‘reluctant to approach their tutor directly… for advice on what research content to access.’ (Hampton- Reeves, et al 2009) Recommended Action: ‘A student- authored guide to research’ Recommended Action: ‘A student- authored guide to research’
  6. 6. Courtney McWilliams Claire Zeng Student ‘snapshots’
  7. 7. A designer’s/artist’s view
  8. 8. The tutorial Hello and welcome to this online introduction to research for students of the creative arts. This interactive tutorial has been created in order to provide you with a basic introduction to the research process and encourage you to become an active researcher from the beginning of your course. Research can take you to new and interesting places, places that you would not have discovered otherwise; it can be a source of inspiration and feed your ideas, whatever subject you are studying. Research is not just for written work, research is also for making and for life in general. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some of those cogs moving and ignite some creative ideas!
  9. 9. “Keeping it interactive and fun was very useful” “Keeping it interactive and fun was very useful” “Concise and informative – looking forward to the research journey” “Concise and informative – looking forward to the research journey” “I now have more clarity and understanding of how personalised our research journey can be” “I now have more clarity and understanding of how personalised our research journey can be”
  10. 10. Joined up thinking…
  11. 11. Visual Research Methods? Leonardo Da Vinci’s Sketchbooks
  12. 12. ‘To develop visual research as a scholarly practice to support learning activities’ Project aims
  13. 13. Research methodology: focus groups and Case studies Visual Research methods: case studies & focus groups
  14. 14. Fiona Brown UCA MA Animation 2009 Tom McDowell UCA MA Jewellery 2009
  15. 15. Mapping the research territory Inji D 2008 UCA Epsom MA Grpahic Design and Communication (Professional)
  16. 16. Visual Literacy ‘The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.’ ‘The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.’
  17. 17. ‘The word ‘idea’ is closely related to the Greek verb ‘to see’ - how often do we say ‘see what I mean’?’ (Gray and Malins 2004:95) © Inji D 2008
  18. 18. The bigger picture? Creative Arts
  19. 19. Questions?

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