Looking out of the void : Scaffolds to assist drama higher research degree students on the path to artist–scholar

Gattenhof, Sandra Jane (2016) Looking out of the void : Scaffolds to assist drama higher research degree students on the path to artist–scholar. NJ: Drama Australia Journal, 39(2), pp. 101-109.

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In recent years, a number of Australian and international universities have offered the ability to complete postgraduate qualifications using the research frame known as creative practice as research. This has been particularly prevalent in the Drama discipline in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). There has been a noticeable shift away from students undertaking a traditional research Master of Arts (Research) or Doctor of Philosophy to a higher proportion of research higher degree students undertaking research through their creative work. The somewhat ephemeral nature of the theatre and performance practice can generate anxieties for students about how to best represent, analyse and discuss the creative practice within a theoretical frame. The argument in this paper is situated in the experience of two artist-scholars who undertook their studies at QUT while under principal supervision of the author and explores the research scaffolds that supervisors in Drama at QUT have developed to assist research higher degree students to navigate the tricky persona of artist–scholar.

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ID Code: 94380
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Artist–scholar, auto-ethnography, creative practice as research, drama research, practice-led research, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/14452294.2015.1083143
ISSN: 1445-2294
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: © 2016 Drama Australia
Deposited On: 05 Apr 2016 03:21
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 17:50

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