Incorporating Arts-Based Pedagogy: Moving Beyond Traditional Approaches to Teaching Qualitative Research




qualitative research pedagogy, data analysis, poetic inquiry, experiential learning, students as partners


Arts-based pedagogy has the potential to reimagine “traditional” research to engage learners in expanded and innovative methods, while also creating space for student voices. Grounded in a Deweyan experiential framework informed by arts-based pedagogy, this reflective dialogue revolves around a pedagogical reframing of a data analysis unit in a qualitative research course with specific focus on the incorporation of creative analysis. We came together as three participants (instructor, student, and scholar) within this experience to collaboratively share insights on the pedagogical approach, particularly as experienced through the eyes of the learner. Implications include how arts-based experiential inquiry can empower novice researchers to explore new avenues for sense-making while also extending across disciplines to support the inclusion of arts-based reflective practices in higher education.

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Author Biographies

Rhia Moreno, Augusta University

Rhia Moreno is an assistant professor of education at Augusta University (USA). She teaches courses on educational research and methods. Her work focuses on experiential, multimodal, and critical pedagogies to support student engagement and learning.

Kate Hobgood Guthrie, Piedmont University

Kate Hobgood Guthrie is an assistant professor at Piedmont University (USA) and a part-time lecturer at the University of Georgia. Her work and writing centers on qualitative methodology and pedagogical approaches to support emerging researchers.

Katie Strickland

Katie Strickland is a fifth grade literacy teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Evans, Georgia (USA). 


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How to Cite

Moreno, Rhia, Kate Hobgood Guthrie, and Katie Strickland. 2023. “Incorporating Arts-Based Pedagogy: Moving Beyond Traditional Approaches to Teaching Qualitative Research”. Teaching and Learning Inquiry 11 (April).