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Art Education Research Guide

This Guide contains some of the most used resources for art education research including academic journals, literature reviews, databases, education standards, curriculum guides, and other media.

Arts-Based Research


"A set of methodological tools used by qualitative researchers across the disciplines during all phases of social research, including data collection, analysis, interpretation, and representation.  These emerging tools adapt the tenets of the creative arts in order to address social research questions in holistic and engaged ways in which theory and practice are intertwined."

--Patricia Leavy, Method Meets Art : Arts-Based Research Practice, 2009, p. 2-3


  • Arts-based research "... addresses complex and often subtle interactions and ... provides an image of those interactions in ways that make them noticeable." (Barone & Eisner, Arts Based Research, 2012, p.3)
  • Arts-based research approaches are particularly useful "for research projects that aim to describe, explore, or discover." (Leavy, 2009, p.12)
  • Holistic, pluralistic methodology:
    • Multiple epistemological perspective can be embedded with arts-based research
    • There are multiple ways to see the world to gain understanding (Barone & Eisner, 2012)

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