Picture This…an inquiry into the experiences, the qualities and the meanings of arts based learning in an Australian creative arts therapy postgraduate education program

Katz, G 2013, Picture This…an inquiry into the experiences, the qualities and the meanings of arts based learning in an Australian creative arts therapy postgraduate education program, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education, RMIT University.


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Title Picture This…an inquiry into the experiences, the qualities and the meanings of arts based learning in an Australian creative arts therapy postgraduate education program
Author(s) Katz, G
Year 2013
Abstract This study was comprised of an examination of arts based learning in the RMIT University Master of Creative Arts Therapy (MCAT) program 1996-2007 and a coinciding exploration of the process of arts based research. Formed as a qualitative, arts based educational research inquiry, it explored the experiences of former students and teachers with the aim of illuminating the qualities and meanings of arts based learning within this program. Concurrently, the study explored arts based research methods through the creation of an imaginative reconstruction of the research data. The study arose from the author’s experiences as the coordinator of the MCAT program, and from the ostensible gap in the literature on learning and teaching the field of creative arts therapy in Australia. Most particularly, it sprang from the author’s desire to gain a more in depth understanding of program graduates’ description of their MCAT experiences as life changing.

This study posits an eclectic mix of methodology and method drawing on the works of selected educational research scholars, as well as those who write about the arts in education. A parallel research focus, under the umbrella of fictionalising research and storytelling, drew on the ideas of several authors writing within this genre and that of arts based research. Information for the study was gathered from several sources; interviews with program participants, program and course documents, extracts from my conference papers together with my journal notes recorded whilst in the role of program coordinator all contributed to the formation of a particular picture of arts based learning and teaching. The inquiry locates, epistemologically, within a phenomenological qualitative paradigm that acknowledges the contribution of personal knowledge and experience to the wider understanding of the subject under examination.
The research found an array of qualities and themes embedded within arts based learning experiences that gave meaning to the processes, and suggested explanations for the program being identified by its participants as a life changing experience. The study also extended the author’s understanding and competence in creative, arts based research. The findings and conclusions of this study have the potential to advance the education of creative arts therapists in Australia, and to contribute knowledge to the broad education of therapists in various professions, both locally and internationally.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) Arts based learning
creative arts therapy
fictionalising research
storytelling
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