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What can an image tell?: Challenges and benefits of using visual art as a research method to voice lived experiences of students and teachers
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0429-570X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7952-5111
2012 (English)In: Journal of Arts and Humanities, E-ISSN 2167-9045, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 95-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As humans, we have the ability to use many forms of “language” to express our self and our experiences, where visual art, an image, is one. Accordingly, experiences can be described in many different ways. In this paper we describe the challenges and benefits of using visual art as a research method to voice lived experiences of students and teachers based on life-world phenomenology. We give three examples of the analysis of visual art works, such as photographs, lino prints, and drawings made by students and teachers, as a way to express their lived experiences of different phenomena. The conclusion is that there are limits with using visual art as the sole source of empirical data. We argue that such data has to be accompanied by oral or written comments to enhance credibility and rigor. A life-world phenomenological analysis of visual art and subsequent comments emphasizes openness and humility to participants’ experiences as well as an all-inclusive understanding of a phenomenon.

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2012. Vol. 1, no 1, p. 95-104
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8635Local ID: 72934ea3-c262-43c5-9e0f-df60ce33972fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8635DiVA, id: diva2:981573
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Godkänd; 2012; 20121207 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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