Exploring the experiences of sexual abuse survivors engaged in non-formal, arts-informed adult learning, using an arts-based research methodology

Dickson, N. (2021) Exploring the experiences of sexual abuse survivors engaged in non-formal, arts-informed adult learning, using an arts-based research methodology. Studies in the Education of Adults, 53(2), pp. 238-254. (doi: 10.1080/02660830.2021.1910404)

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Abstract

This paper explores the challenges and successes of engaging female survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence in community-based, arts-informed adult learning. The study presents the complex physical, psychological and emotional barriers to participation that were encountered during the fieldwork period. The rationale for using an arts-based research (ABR) methodology is outlined, detailing the delivery of weekly visual arts sessions and the use of women’s creative outputs to enhance the qualitative research process. The critical role of the facilitator ‘crafting’ the women’s engagement with the visual art and the research process is highlighted, emphasising the need to work reflexively and with flexibility. The paper concludes by outlining the benefits of using an ABR methodology to enhance the dissemination of the study findings and reflects on the importance of creating spaces to celebrate and platform the achievements of marginalised adult learners.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dickson, Ms Nicola
Authors: Dickson, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Studies in the Education of Adults
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0266-0830
ISSN (Online):1478-9833
Published Online:22 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Studies in the Education of Adults 53(2): 238-254
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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