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Improving cohort functioning: Arts-based methods as data collection and intervention in a higher education action research project.


Improving cohort functioning: Arts-based methods as data collection and intervention in a higher education action research project.

Reilly, Rosemary C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7274-4488 (2022) Improving cohort functioning: Arts-based methods as data collection and intervention in a higher education action research project. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 22 (3). pp. 69-90.

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Cohorts are student groups who begin and complete a course of study together over time. Though cohorts have been linked to positive outcomes, researchers note that many students report negative experiences, including scapegoating, irreconcilable conflicts, and strained relationships resulting in unlearning. This paper describes using arts-based research (ABR) within an action research framework to illuminate toxic dynamics over four cohorts. Findings suggest that ABR illuminated these negative patterns, permitting students to honestly engage in critically reflective conversations. These conversations then afforded an opportunity for them to intervene into their cohort’s harmful dynamics in order to move towards healthier learning relationships.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Authors:Reilly, Rosemary C.
Journal or Publication:Canadian Journal of Action Research
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):https://journals.nipissingu.ca/index.php/cjar/article/view/585
Keywords:Action research; Arts-based research methods; Cohorts; Critical reflection; Higher education; Systematic intervention; Toxic dynamics
ID Code:991986
Deposited By: Rosemary Reilly
Deposited On:06 Apr 2023 21:20
Last Modified:06 Apr 2023 21:20


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