PhD Dissertations

The following is a list of PhD Dissertations that either utilize A/r/tography as a Methodology or other forms of arts based, practice led forms of artistic research such as: arts-informed, autobiography, autoethnography, research creation, research based theatre, narrative inquiry, embodied inquiry, lived inquiry, and poetic inquiry. To access the abstract of the dissertation (and in some cases, the full dissertation) — please click on the link next to the title. Updated: July, 2017. 

Abad Molina

 

Abad Molina, J. (2009). Iniciativas de educación artística a través del Arte Contemporáneo para la Escuela Infantil. Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. PDF

 

Armstrong, L. (2006). The ecology of identity: Memoir and the construction of narrative. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Baer, S. A. (2012). Re-envisioning fear: The role of conversation in an arts classroom for prospective teachers. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Nebraska: The University of Nebraska – Lincoln. PDF

Bakan, D. L. (2015). A sing of songs: A/r/tography, autoethnography, and songwriting as music education research. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

DBarney2

 

Barney, D. (2009). A study of dress through artistic inquiry: Provoking understandings of artist, researcher, and teacher identities. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Beare, D. M. (2011). Social art effect: The a/r/tography and complexity of theatre education learning systems, developmental stages, and change mechanisms. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Beer, R. (1999). Landscape and identity: Three artist/teachers in British Columbia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

BBickel

 

Bickel, B. (2008). Living the divine spiritually and politically: Art, ritual and performative/pedagogy in women’s multi-faith leadership. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Adrienne

 

Boulton-Funke, A. (2015). An arts-based methodology of intuition: Secondary visual art teacher becomings and encounters with schooling. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Brett-MacLean, P. J. (2007). Art(ists) in the making: Exploring narratives of coming to art in later life. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Carter, M. R. (2012). The teacher monologues: Exploring the experiences and identities of artist-teachers. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Coleman, K. S. (2017). An a/r/tist in wonderland: Exploring identity, creativity and digital portfolios as a/r/tographer. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Graduate School of Education. LINK

Cooper, J. (2015). Co-creating with, and in, a southern landscape. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Melbourne, Australia: Victoria University. LINK

Cullen-Reavill, M. F. (2009). Exploring the first year of teaching through focus group discussions, ethno-mimesis, a/r/tography, and performance ethnography. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Denver, Colorado, United states. PDF

Daichendt, G. J. (2009). Artist-Teacher George Wallis: Redefining the Concept Through History. Unpublished Ed.D. Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University. PDF

Damelin, A. R. (2002). Walking barefoot: A storyteller’s arts-based inquiry. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Toronto: ON: University of Toronto. Archives Canada

DDarts

 

 

Darts, D. (2004). Visual culture jam: Art, pedagogy and creative resistance. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

Davis-Halifax, N. V. (2002). Another form of water: An aesthetic and oblique inquiry into dys-body, solace, and vulnerability. Unpublished doctoral dissertation (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Detlefsen, J. D. (2009). A conversation about art education: What are the qualities in process that foster a qualitative whole in art education? Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Nebraska, United States. PDF

deCosson

 

 

de Cosson, A. (2003). (Re)searching sculpted A/r/tography: (Re)learning subverted-knowing through aparetic praxis. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

BDias

 

Dias, B. (2006). Border epistemologies: Looking at Almod’s Queer Genders and their implications for Visual Culture Education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

 

 

Douglass, M. B. (2004). Professional artists as teachers with at-risk youth: A narrative case study. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. North Carolina State. PDF

Dresser, K. E. (2009). Dancing with the dead generations after the Holocaust: A fictional blogged phenomenology and pedagogy of embodied post-Holocaust inherited memories via a/r/tography. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. PDF

Drew, D. L. (2006). Arts-based research, heuristic inquiry and art educator self-study: Secondary studio motivation for African American students as a generalizable model. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The Ohio State University. PDF

Duran Salvado, N. (2012). The school as a conversation with strangers: Researching with children through artistic languages. Doctoral dissertation, Facultat de Belles Arts/ Universitat de Barcelona 2012. PDF

Dunlop, R. (1999). Boundary Bay: A novel as educational research. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Ezcurra Lucotti, M. (2016). The threads, trends and threats of the wedding dress: A collaborative, studio-based dissertation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Montreal, QC: Concordia University. LINK

 

Fels, L. (1999). In the wind clothes dance on a line: Performative inquiry – a (re)search methodology: Possibilities and absences within a space-moment of imagining a universe. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Fisher, M. R. (2003). Fearless leadership in and out of the ‘fear’ matrix. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Garcia Roldan

 

 

Garcia-Roldan, A. (2012). Videoarte en contextos educativos: las nuevas narrativas audiovisuales y su inclusión curricular en los programas de educación artística desde una perspectiva a/r/tográfica [Video-art in educational context: the new audiovisual narratives and its inclusion in educational programs in arts from a an a/r/tographic perspetive]. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Granada, Spain: University of Granada. PDF

 

Galvani, V. M. (2016). Uma Nova Lente Para O Professor: Potencialidade da fotografia como dispositivo de pesquisa para ações pedagógicas. Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo. PDF

Genet Verney, R. (2016). Ciudad y educación artística en la formación inicial del profesorado: Una investigación educativa basada en las artes visuales. [Ville et éducation artistique pour la formation des maitres: Une recherche en éducation basée sure les arts visuels]. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Granada, Spain: University of Granada. PDF

Girak, S. (2015). forget me not: An exhibition -and- Creative Reuse: How rescued materials transformed my a/r/tographic practice: An exegesis. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Joondalup, Western Australia: Edith Cowan University. PDF

Gosse, D. M. (2005). Breaking silences, an inquiry into identity and the creative research process. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Archives Canada

SGolparian

 

Golparian, S. (2012). Displaced displacement: An a/r/tographic performance of experiences of being unhomed. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Gottlieb-Tanaka, D. (2006). Creative expression, dementia and the therapeutic environment. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Grant, C. (2003). Getting it together: Relational learning in a jazz performance context. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto. Archives Canada

Therapy_Dissertation

 

 

Green, D. (2015). Quake destruction/Arts creation: Arts therapy & the canterbury earthquakes. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland. PDF

 

 

 

Haskell, J. (2000). Experiencing freefall: A journey of pedagogical possibilities. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Hayward-Kabani, C. (2000). Living curriculum with young children: The journey of an early childhood educator: The tangled garden. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Heron, J. (2010). Performing in the spaces between: An A/r/tographic inquiry into practice. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Ballarat, Australia: University of Ballarat. PDF

Hoyt, M. W. (2008). Interstanding surfaces: Embodiment, media and interdisciplinary study of curriculum and pedagogy. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, College Station, TX: Texas A & M University PDF

Hurren, W. (1998). Line dancing: An atlas of geography, curriculum and poetic possibilities. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Kalin

 

Kalin, N. M. (2007). Conversations on teaching and learning drawing: Drawn toward transformation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

Kalio_Tavin

 

 

Kalio-Tavin, M. (2013). Encountering self, other and the third: Researching the crossroads of art pedagogy, Levinasian ethics and disability studies. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Helsinki: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. PDF

 

 

 

Kay, L. (2008). Art education pedagogy and practice with adolescent students at-risk in alternative high schools. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University. PDF

SKind

 

Kind, S. C. (2006). Of stones and silences: Storying the trace of the other in the autobiographical and textile text of art/teaching. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Kirkland, K. H. (2004). A grim fairy tale: A mythopoetic discourse on taboo, trauma and anti-oppressive pedagogy. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Klehr, M. R. (2009). Artful inquiry: Aesthetic practices in teacher research. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin.

Lack, L. (2006). Dancing the thinking body, the feeling mindTMSM: An arts-based research exploration. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Ohio: Union Institute and University.

Lackey, L. (1997). Pedagogies of leisure: Considering community recreation centres as contexts for art education and art experience. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Laroche, L. (2000). You were a star once, weren’t you?” :Nonlinear steps into the re-enchantment of science education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

G.Lea

 

Lea, G. W. (2013). Homa Bay Memories: Using research-based theatre to explore a narrative inheritance. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Leavy, P. L. (2002). Representational events: Titanic and other events as case studies in collective memory. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Boston, MA: Boston College.

NLeBlanc

 

LeBlanc, N. (2015). In/visibility of the abandoned school: Beyond representations of school closure. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

Lee, K. V. (2004). Riffs of change: Musicians becoming music educators. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Lin, Patricia (2000). Cultural identity and ethnic presentation in arts education: Case studies of Taiwanese festivals in Canada. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Linds, W. (2002). A journey in metaxis: Been, being, becoming, imag(in)ing drama facilitation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Lipszyc, C. (2006). Self as journeyer: On writing and teaching paths. An arts-based autoethnographic study on the interconnectedness between writing and teaching. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto.

MacArthur, J. (1996). Following unnamed rivers and ruminating on teaching as a vocation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Maçaneiro

 

Maçaneiro, S. (2013). De como cadeiras se movem: Escrevendo meu movimento, movimentando minha escrita, uma experiência a/r/tográfica em dança. Universidade estadual de Campinas. PDF

 

Mack, P. (2012). Inside artist/teacher burnout. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, AZ, USA: Arizona State University.

MacDonald

 

MacDonald, A. J. (2014). Intertwined: An investigation into becoming an artist and teacher. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Lauceston: University of Tasmania. PDF

 

MacPherson, S. (2000). A path of learning: Indo-Tibetan Buddhism as education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Marta_Thumb

 

 

Madrid-Manrique, M. (2014). Creating audiovisual participatory narratives: A/r/tography and inclusivity. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Granada, Spain: University of Granada. LINK

 

 

HMay

 

May, H. M. (2013). Educating artists beyond digital: Understanding network art and relational learning as contemporary pedagogy. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

McElfresh, R. A. (2008). Imaginations of democracy: The lived experiences of artists engaged in social change. Doctor of Philosophy. Ohio: Kent State University. PDF

McKinnon-Crook, M. (2001). Moving the mountain: The story of one student’s struggle to graduate from high school. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

MenadeTorres

 

Mena de Torres, J. (2014). Construcción del concepto visual de la educación: Visiones de la educación a través de la fotografía artística, la fotografía de prensa y los estudiantes. [Construction of visual concept of education: Views of education through art photography, press photography and photography by students.] Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Granada, Spain: Universidad de Granada. PDF

 

Mesner, K. (2014). Wrestling with the angels of ambiguity: Scholarship in the in-between: Queer theology/performative autoethnography. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Messías Lema, J. M. (2011). Fotografía y educación de las artes visuales: el fotoactivismo educativo como estrategia docente en la formación del profesorado. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Granada, Spain: The University of Granada. PDF

Michals, L. (2000). Kneading narratives, communities and culture: Recipes, reflections and revelations. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

MAlvarez

 

 

 

Miguel Alvarez, Laura de (2011) La huella, la tela, el blanco y el negro en la manifestación de ser: modelo de confección autoidentitaria del artista-investigador-educador. Tesis PhD: Universidad Complutense from Madrid. PDF

 

 

 

Miller, L. A. (2002). Constructing voices: A narrative case study of the processes and production of a community art performance. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Millette, L. (2007). The Experience of Artmaking: Body, Self and Word as Ontological Environment. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Montreal, QC: Concordia University. PDF

Minge, J. M. (2008). Cob building: Movements and moments of survival. PhD thesis. University of South Florida. PDF

Norman, R. (1999). House of mirrors: Performing autobiograph(icall)y in language/education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Ortiz, C. (2008). A self-exploration of the relationship between art teaching and artistic practice. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Houston, TX: University of Houston.

J.Ostertag

 

Ostertag, J. K. (2015). School gardening, teaching, and pedagogy of enclosures: Threads of an arts-based métissage. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Patton, V. R. (2005). Selves in re-vision: An arts-based inquiry into teacher-counsellor identity. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto.

Penberg, D. (1998). Abecedarian: A multimedia education story. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia.

PPente

 

Pente, P. V. (2008). Being at the edge of landscape: Sense of place and pedagogy. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Peterson, J. (2007). Excavating Barbie/excavating me: Digital making (my) inarticulate space. An intimate study. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia.

Pinderhughes, C.A., Jr. (2009). 21st century chains: The continuing relevance of internal colonialism theory. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Boston, MA: Boston College.

Plato, K. (2016). Expressive arts as a container for well-being in education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Boone, NC: Appalachian State University and The European Graduate School. LINK

Poon, L. M. (2004). Teachers’ experiences of caring: Stories and images of arts-based teacher development. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Toronto, ON: Canada.

Pourchier, A. N. M. (2012). Guided wanderings: An a/r/tographic inquiry into postmodern picturebooks, Bourdieusian theory, and writing. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, GA, USA: Georgia State University (College of Education).

Pryer, A. C. (2003). Meditations on/in non/dualistic pedagogy. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Rasberry, G. W. (1998). Imagining the curious time of researching pedagogy. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Reisberg, M. (2006). An a/r/tographic study of multicultural children’s book artists: Developing a place-based pedagogy of pleasure. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Washington State University (College of Education) PDF

Renner, P. G. (2001). Vulnerable to possibilities: A journey of self-knowing through personal narrative. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Richardson, P. (2010). Past buoy lines: An arts-based inquiry into living and knowing giftedness. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

RMoore

 

 

Riddett-Moore, K. J. (2011). Developing an art of living. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Athens, Georgia:. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia. PDF

 

 

Royster, L. J. (2008). I feel better with music: Arts-based educational research investigation of curriculum for preschoolers diagnosed with lung cancer using educational theatre as a learning medium. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. North Carolina: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sameshima, P. (2007). Seeing Red-A pedagogy of parallax: An epistolary bildungsroman on artful scholarly inquiry. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

sasso

 

 

Sasso, L. (2014). Livro-objeto A/r/tográfico: Práticas de Pedagogia Cultural na periferia de Brasília. Instituto de Artes, Departamento de Artes Visuais Programa de Pós-Graduação em Arte, Universidade de Brasilia. PDF

 

 

 

 

Shugurova, O. (2017). Learning, local knowledge, and place: A historical perspective on educational sustainability before the advent of compulsory schooling in Tibet. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, North Bay, ON: Nipissing University. PDF

 

 

ASinner

 

 

Sinner, A. (2008). Unfolding the Unexpectedness of uncertainty: Arts research as a triptych installation: A conversation of processes, practices, products. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

Smith, A. L. (2006). Elasticity, Community & Hope: Understandings from participatory theatre performance. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Smith, J. E. (2006). Issues of Culture, Diversity and difference. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Auckland, New Zealand: The University of Auckland New Zealand.

Sousanis, N. (2015). Unflattening. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, New York, NY: Teachers College, Columbia University.  About

SSpringgay

 

 

Springgay, S. (2004). Inside the visible: Youth understandings of body knowledge through touch. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

Stachowiak, D. M. (2013). Queer(ing) gender: A critical analysis of thinking, embodying, and living genderqueer. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Stanley, D. Y. (2008). Teaching is my art. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: University of Sydney. PDF

Sueminen

 

 

Suominen, A. (2004). Writing with photographs, re-constructing self: An arts-based autoethnographic inquiry. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. Ohio: The Ohio State University. PDF

 

Swanson, D. M. (2004). Voices in the silence: Narratives of disadvantage, social context and school mathematics in post-apartheid South Africa. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Szabo

 

Szabo, J. (2009). Restor(y)ing relational identities through (per)formative reflections on nursing education: A textual exhibitionist’s tale of living inquiry. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

 

Thompson, J. (2001). I feel therefore I am: Selected British and Canadian senior high school students’ conceptions of music and music education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

Toulouse, P. R. (2001). Bimaadziwin (the good life): Sharing the living teaching of the people of Sagamok Anishnawbek implications for education. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

VTriggs

 

 

Triggs, V. (2012). Art as ecological practice: A curriculum of movement for teacher education methods. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

 

Van Halen-Faber, C. (2004). Seeing through apples: An exploration into the ethics and aesthetics of a teacher-educator-researcher’s arts-based beginnings. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Toronto, ON: University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).

Vaughan, K. (2006). Finding home: Knowledge, collage, and the local environments. Unpublished doctoral Dissertation. Toronto, ON: York University. Link

Vellani, A. M. (2002). Pirbhai’s blessings: A narrative quest towards a pedagogy of virtues. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia. PDF

White

 

 

 

White, A. M. (2012). Artistic frames: An arts-based study of teachers’ experiences with arts-integrated English language arts for students with Dis/abilities. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, GA, USA: Georgia State University (College of Education). PDF