Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

I Am The Space Where I Am: An Arts-Informed Autoethnographic Inquiry On Place-Conscious Education In The Community
by Miller, Taylor Kathryn, M.A., The University of Arizona, 2016, 124; 10123866
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis investigates how my representations of experience through arts-informed autoethnographic research are significant in establishing the pedagogical nature of place. I seek to understand how place-conscious education in a community setting can encourage students’ relationships with the spaces they inhabit and lend to a more just learning environment. Many educative tools are provided and analyzed which are derived from wayfinding and psychogeographic methods. Data was collected over two months throughout the Summer of 2015 while participating in the Onward Israel service learning program in Israel and Palestine. My digital photographs and excerpts of stream-of-consciousness style poetry serve as the data set to illuminate the rich sensory encounters and art making processes indicative of experiential learning.

This context-driven artwork encourages questions and dialogue about sociopolitical conflict and wars, migration and occupation. It is concerned with physical as well as psychological borders, checkpoints and boundaries. I utilized poetic and photographic inquiry as well as cognitive mapping to explore how concepts of travel are intricately linked to practices of self-reflexivity, community building and alternative curricula development outside of the formal classroom setting. This qualitative data is not a strictly defined set of interviews or statistics. Instead, vignettes of a more totalizing experience can be extracted, analyzed, dissected and/or rearranged. It is an exploration of identity, agency and untraditional ways of knowing the self/Other. I underscore how new pathways and possibilities for teaching emerge from a greater acceptance and validation of experiential knowledge and an attuned consciousness to place.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hochtritt, Lisa
Commitee: Reid, Natasha, Sharma, Manisha
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Art Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Art education, Museum studies
Keywords: Place-conscious education, Psychogeography, Travel, Wayfinding
Publication Number: 10123866
ISBN: 9781369003604
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