Date of Award

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Mr. Tarquam McKenna

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore and describe the experiences of a specific group of arts workers in an isolated rural community in the South West of Western Australia. These participants have all worked in the community as arts workers for an extended period of time. Through phenomenological research, the telling of these workers stories, it is anticipated that the research will highlight, strengthen and enrich the political and economic positions of these workers. The study is based on the assumptions and pre-conceptions that geographical and cultural isolation contributes to significant problems and situations such as communication that the workers can have when organising, co-ordinating and funding community arts projects. The current theories of ‘lifelong learning’ are discussed and evidenced through the experience of the research participants. Although generalisations are not appropriate based on form, style and philosophical paradigm of this research, certain implications are evidenced through the participants responses, opinions and experiences. The study is conducted within a qualitative research paradigm. Phenomenology is the methodology used in this study. As such the lived experiences and perceptions of the research participants are described. Open-ended interviews were conducted.

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