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Anne Maj Nielsen

Art experience in research with children: researchers’ experiences of nonverbal articulations as part of the method exemplified with children’s art and drawings

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In art and drawing children can visually articulate pre-reflexive phenomena such as feelings, emotions, experiences, intentions and engagement. Research can include children’s art and drawings to study such phenomena and how they can be articulated and thematized in non-verbal/visual articulation. The researcher’s pre-reflexive sensory and aesthetic experiences often contribute to the immediate interpretations of such data. It is a challenge to make the ways in which art and drawings in specific ways contribute to interpretation and knowledge transparent in research. The aim of this paper is to describe and discuss how the construct ‘aesthetic object’ may offer researchers an approach to non-verbal/visual articulation that can explicitly include the researcher’s sensory and aesthetic experiences as knowledge. Examples from studies including children’s art and drawings are part of the presentation. The paper is based on studies that incorporate phenomenological and cultural psychological approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2013
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe 32nd International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC) - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 13 Aug 201316 Aug 2013
Conference number: 32


ConferenceThe 32nd International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC)

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