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Webinar! Series 8: Resonance, dissonance, and a three-pronged connection: Lessons from the arts to qualitative research

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Scholars claim that in qualitative research, the researcher is the main instrument. What does this mean for the preparation of researchers? I suggest that the cultivation of the self is crucial, going beyond the acquisition of theories and the mastery of techniques. It has to do with cultivation habits of mind.

In this presentation, I suggest that engagement with the arts can support the development of intensified perception, seeing, hearing and meaning making. I discuss the roles of dissonance and consonance in the arts and qualitative research as forming connections between the inner and outer, and generating insights in the quest to enhance understanding. Related concepts, fundamental to the arts and highly relevant to research, include a three-pronged connection; lingering caress: and being shaped by one’s engagements and inquiry. The juxtaposition of intimate connection and detachment allows researchers to go beyond the traditional “objectivity” versus “subjectivity” dichotomies. I will present some examples from my teaching as well as my own research in arts education, focusing on arts curriculum and arts integration.


Liora Bresler is a Professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign. She is also the Hedda Anderson Chair in Lund University, Sweden (Visiting); a Professor II at Stord/Haugesund University College, Norway; and an Honorary Professor in the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Other positions include distinguished visiting professorships at Stockholm University, Sweden, (2009-2011) and at the University of Haifa, Israel (1994/5). Bresler has published 120+ papers and book chapters and has written and edited several books on the arts in education, including the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (Springer, 2007), Knowing Bodies, Moving Minds (Kluwer, 2004); the co-authored Custom and cherishing (1992); and the co-edited International Handbook of Creative Learning (Routeledge, 2011); and The International Handbook of the Arts in Education (Routeledge, in press/2014). Bresler has given keynote speeches, invited talks, seminars and short courses in thirty some countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. Her work has been translated to German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Lithuanian, Finnish, Korean, and Chinese.

Bresler is the editor of the book series “Landscapes: Aesthetics, the arts and education” (Springer) and is the co-founder and former editor of the International Journal of Education and the Arts (1999-). Teaching awards at the University of Illinois include the Distinguished Teaching Life-Long Career Award at the College of Education (2004), and the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2005). Other awards include Distinguished Fellow in the National Art Education Association (2010), the Distinguished Senior Scholar Award of the College of Education, University of Illinois (2014), the Edwin Ziegfeld Award for distinguished international leadership in art education by the United States Society for Education Through Art (2007), and The Lin Wright Special Recognition Award by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2007).

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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