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Will’s Notebook : the art of learning from experience and listening Murphy, David Cotter


This dissertation is an inquiry into how experience and listening can be used in creative production to improve teaching and learning through attunement. I use an arts-based research approach to develop two creative productions. The first is a story book (Will’s Notebook) that tells a tale of my journey, the second is a suite of soundscape compositions (The Cotter Suite) that represents this journey musically. Through hermeneutic reflection of experience, acceptance of complexity and uncertainty, and self-care, a theoretical framework is developed to consider how artistic practice and creative production can be sources of educational research and development. The conceptualization of artistic practice and creative production as part of my own currere connects curriculum studies and educational research to arts-based practice for the improvement of teaching and learning.

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