Poetic Inquiry: A Way of Finding Out by Finding In

By Margaret Louise Dobson.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper demonstrates how poetry can enhance the process of inquiry by releasing the inner voice of the researcher in ways that more conventional forms of academic research may not. Poetry removes the insulation between me and my experience to reveal what is “true” for me. Interpreting my “generated” poetry as artefact has reinforced my educational convictions: it is who we are, not what we do (Arendt, 1974), that will determine the ultimate success of our educational endeavours. The writing of a “found” poem can unearth otherwise hidden—or possibly forgotten—connections between finding poems and educating youth.

Keywords: Poetry, Inquiry, Teaching and Learning, Insights, Inner Voice, Change

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.129-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 607.055KB).

Dr. Margaret Louise Dobson

PhD Student, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Margaret Louise Dobson is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education of McGill University. Prior to entering the doctoral program, she taught high-school French and English in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Most recently she assumed leadership responsibilities in both elementary and secondary schools of the English Montreal School Board. Her doctoral studies focus on the role of thinking (as distinct from knowing) in the reinvigoration of education. She has published in LEARNing Landscapes, a peer-reviewed online educational journal, and in the forthcoming anthology, The Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry.


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