Approaches to Action Research: Maintaining Integrity in Innovative Methodological Design
Centre for Medical Education, Queen Mary University, London
Abstract: This paper discusses the ways in which Action Research and Reflection can be developed in new and innovative ways that utilise the fields of the creative arts, critical creativity, and arts-based educational research. The author considers that drawing on such theories can enhance understanding of experiences and provide new ways of doing if they are applied rigorously. The approach discussed is partly developed in response to an increasingly technical rationalist approach to teaching and learning, and the research used for development of teaching practice, and partly as an approach to methodological design for research and teaching. Finally, it examines the genre of Impressionist painting to explore concepts of reading images and the construction of reflective approaches from this.