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					Thesis Proposal- Methodology                                            Kate Loague 1/5
CollaborAction:
Collaborative practice as an international social force; uncovering conscious
partnerships of critical pedagogy in the classroom, in the gallery and on-line.

       "The solidarity of the world's so-called ordinary citizens holds
       the key to peace…Human solidarity is built by opening our hearts to
       each other. This is the power of dialogue. The kind of dialogue that
       can truly contribute to peace must begin with an open and earnest 'inner
       dialogue.'…For Socrates, a clear awareness of one's own ignorance was
       the starting point for wisdom."                              Daisaku Ikeda



CollaborAction is a working definition of my combined research methodologies. The

exhibition #510: If the Shoe Fits… hosted by the Betty Rymer Gallery will prove to be

my laboratory, site of inquiry on-site, on-line and in the classroom. The exhibition

intends to examine social similarities and differences through a folktale that is

simultaneously familiar yet reflective of distinct cultural heritages, providing the tools

and an environment to foster inquiry resultant in a growing international awareness. The

project has tiered levels of collaborative involvement that will garner various types of

data including curriculum effectiveness in cross-cultural exchange between distant

schools. Attached is a chart inspired by Sullivan (2005) providing an overview of the

exhibition as a research project. Detailed charts of purpose, source and type offer

specifics at a glance. For the purposes of this thesis my research focus is on the

probability and resultant efficacy of collaborative partnership among art educators,

students, and exhibiting artists. Will art educators embrace local and distant

collaborative initiatives?

Sullivan's (2005, chapter 3) theory of employing a "braided" relationship of interpretivist,

empiricist, artmaking and critique practices will inform the manner in which I collect data

using the classroom and website as interconnected sites of inquiry. I hope to look at the

art of collaborative practice in these domains in the same manner that a visual artmaking
Thesis Proposal- Methodology                                            Kate Loague 2/5
CollaborAction:
Collaborative practice as an international social force; uncovering conscious
partnerships of critical pedagogy in the classroom, in the gallery and on-line.

process might be researched, employing dimensions of theory to create and critique the

project, interpret the process of collaborative development, and to ultimately facilitate

and document the collaborative efforts through evaluation; a three step process of action,

structure and deconstruction.



In order to track collaborative development I feel it is essential to understand what the

past practice, expectations and anxieties related to collaborative practice are in general

among the project participants. To that end, I will develop a related questionnaire to be

distributed to SAIC (Dialetical Practices) students, MAS teachers and their students as

well as the distant participants. From the questionnaire's acquired base line a series of

discursive interactions mediated by the Internet will communally produce a concrete

definition of democratic and ethical collaborative practice from which to strive,

negotiating issues of buy-in, motivation, trust, confidence, and competence while

establishing goals and objectives. This process, collaboratively achieved will lay the

groundwork for arts exchange. Participants will reliably engage in dialectical practice

communicating their questions, comments and/or concerns regarding the collaborative

process enabling shifts in action when necessary. Throughout the process of

selecting/developing the curriculum to facilitate the art making projects for exchange, a

commitment of dialogical participation will be enacted. The participant's consistent use

of journaling will provide all with an accessibility of ongoing questions and/or concerns

to be addressed collectively and timely. As a participant observer I will not only

document findings I will be fully engaged with the process and participants. A
Thesis Proposal- Methodology                                            Kate Loague 3/5
CollaborAction:
Collaborative practice as an international social force; uncovering conscious
partnerships of critical pedagogy in the classroom, in the gallery and on-line.

videographer will capture this process on tape as part of the final documentation

materials.



Sullivan's (2005, chapter 6) "Dimensions of Visualization" will provide a holistic

approach to strategizing an inquiry process from multiple angels leading towards a fully

transparent documentation of my research. These schemas include: visualizing objects,

visualizing data, visualizing texts and visualizing ideas. As the project develops I will

have a better understanding of which of the following visual strategies will best present

the data harvested on the exhibition website to a broad constituency.



Visualizing objects is a strategy to investigate cultural and/or communal systems and their

organization. Given the cross-cultural nature of this project as well as the communal

structure of multiple classes these strategies may serve to illustrate the playing field of the

overall collaborative project and the interconnection between participants. Sullivan

offers two distinct methods within this category, Systemizing and Indexing. Systemizing

reveals an entity in its entirety or a set of associated practices. Indexing provides

hierarchical criteria to distinguish levels of obtained data.



Visualizing data is a strategy to document social phenomena with separate processes,

Mapping and Modeling. The mapping process reveals underlying structures and systems

of existing conceptual theories and concepts. This would be fully dependant upon my

extended literature review locating process-based collaborative documentation within the
Thesis Proposal- Methodology                                            Kate Loague 4/5
CollaborAction:
Collaborative practice as an international social force; uncovering conscious
partnerships of critical pedagogy in the classroom, in the gallery and on-line.

field. Modeling according to Sullivan is a multi-dimensional reconstructive process.

Complex phenomena is categorized and presented in a visual representation. If my

comprehension of this strategy is accurate there is currently a brilliant example on display

in the Drawn to Drawing exhibition at the Betty Rymer by artist Ashley Hunt (2005)

entitled A World Map. Hunt visually defines "globalization" through multiple

contemporary perspectives. Dependant upon the breadth of perspectives revealed

throughout the project and the multiple site locations (graduate school, local and distant

high schools) such a document would provide those outside the collaborative effort an

immediate access to all positions uncovered.



Visualizing Text facilitates dialectics and dialogues to form new insight to concepts via

Representing and/or Narrative. Representing, as a strategy, involves the creation of

diagrams to communicate a thought process whereas Narrative employs an interpretive

frame to construct or critique phenomena.



The final dimension of visualization, Ideas, unites creative and critical processes

mediated by community via Conceptualizing and/or Designing. Conceptualizing

grounds concepts that emerge from a process with structures of interpretation. The

relevance is situated based upon the perspective of the viewer. This could take, but is not

limited to, the visual form of linguistic elements (e.g. metaphor.). Alternatively,

Designing is a problem-solving series of periods of explorative action that allows for a

cycle of proposed action, modification, and additional measures towards a goal. In a
Thesis Proposal- Methodology                                            Kate Loague 5/5
CollaborAction:
Collaborative practice as an international social force; uncovering conscious
partnerships of critical pedagogy in the classroom, in the gallery and on-line.

larger context my thesis project, as a laboratory for an international exhibition promoting

world-citizenship, lives within the dimension of Ideas-Design. As I move toward a goal I

will test, refine and revise my initial design through action research.

				
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