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Title: Project e-ma : engaging hope - an exploration of Freire's critical pedagogy through arts-based inquiry with a Belfast community
Author: Woollock, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 6351 2302
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis sets out to present Project e-ma, a doctoral research project carried out within the School of Education at The Queen’s University of Belfast from 2013 to 2016. Project e-ma explores the potentiality of the shin-tou artefact e-ma (絵馬) as a means to discuss, and engage with, the theme of hope within a specific deprived working-class community of south Belfast; the Donegall Pass. Using the theoretical frame of Paulo Freire’s (1970, 1974) critical pedagogy and an Arts-based Educational Research approach (ABER) which incorporates the methodological frame of Mertens’ (1999, 2007, 2009, 2010) ‘transformative paradigm,’ Project e-ma sets out to examine whether the key tenets of Freire’s critical pedagogy (dialogue, praxis, transformation, problem-posing, disruption, conscientização, undergirded by democracatic values and social justice) can be explored via arts-based means through the conduit of the votive tablet e-ma. Hence, although there are no specific research questions, the themes of engagement for this research are linked to those two ideas; is it possible to use e-ma as a means to explore and engage hope within a framework of Freire’s Critical Pedagogy in the Donegall Pass? With the addendums being: if so, what form might that take and what might that look like? There was also an underlying enquiry which pertained to what data, if any, would e-ma give rise to and how might this data be used and interpreted.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Paulo Freire, Critical pedagogy, Arts-based Educational Research (ABER), e-ma, ??