Pedagogy of Voice in Landscapes of Daily Living with Autism

By Lorna Ramsay.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This cross discipline narrative inquiry describes my assignment to form a collaborative mentoring relationship with a seven year old boy for his return to school after a year absence. Simon, as I call him, lives in shades and sounds of autism and my inquiry includes reflective encounters with Simon and arts-integrated, evolving approaches around cultural voices of autism and learning and knowing that challenge artistic expression. My reflection is accompanied by a photo/sound-scape and invites re-viewing of my voice as mentor and poet/photographer/musician.

Keywords: Narrative Inquiry, Aesthetics, Reflective Practices, Embodiment, Voice, Arts Education, Autism

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.121-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.113MB).

Dr. Lorna Ramsay

Instructor, Faculty of Education, Arts Education, Simon Fraser University, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I am a musician, poet, photographer, and educational researcher with experience in Special Education. My arts-based inquiry as an artist/learner/educator means researching embodied voice through narratives of many imaginative and vulnerable portals around borders of identities that blur structures of accepted, expected and unexpected schemes of learning. I obtained my PhD in Arts Education, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada, May, 2009. I instruct in the Faculty of Education at SFU and I am a mother of four sons.

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