Practice As Research Approaches Critical Mass in Academe

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Title Practice As Research Approaches Critical Mass in Academe
Author Woodrow, Ross Daniel
Publication Title R2P: The Problem of Interpretation
Editor Michael Biggs and Daniela Buchler
Year Published 2008
Place of publication London
Publisher University of Hertfordshire
Abstract This paper draws on the Australian experience where several hundred creative arts doctorates have been awarded over the past decade or so. The primary argument is that this substantial quantum of completed outputs by these research higher degree students should be used to highlight the distinctive nature and quality of creative arts research. It might seem an obvious proposition to benchmark completed exemplary projects for quality but to date the focus has been on a search for a "critical mass" of theoretical writing to validate the methodology, processes or protocols followed by practice-based researchers in universities. The heterogenous nature of creative arts research might be seen as a methodological problem in establishing higher degree rules but when the register of interest shifts to the interpretation of the outputs of the research their variety, individuality and originality becomes a major strength as does the scope of their impact. This shift of emphasis to confront the research outcome as being actively embodied in the artifacts, images and other arts outputs can draw theoretical support from the increasing body of literature on the interpretation of contemporary art and its significance for social, cultural and intellectual or cognitive development.
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Conference name 5th Research into Practice Conference 2008
Location Royal Society of Arts, London, UK
Date From 2008-10-31
Date To 2008-10-31
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24322
Date Accessioned 2009-02-24
Date Available 2009-06-24T10:50:35Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Queensland College of Art
Subject Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting)
Publication Type Conference Publications (Extract Paper)
Publication Type Code e3

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