Research in the creative disciplines: From self expression to new knowledge

Document Type

Conference Proceeding




Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




Crouch, C. L., & Pearce, J. (2010). Research in the creative disciplines: from self expression to new knowledge. Proceedings of International Conference on Education, Economy and Society. (pp. 122-129). Paris, France. Analytrics.


Recent paradigms of creative research within English speaking universities have not fully resolved the contradiction between the role of creative expression as the expression of the self, and institutional demands for such research to be able to contribute to the transfer of information within the social realm. This paper reports on the authorsř research into the applicability of reflexivity and narrative research methods to creative research. A model of Řsocial exchangeř based on Bourriard's idea of relational aesthetics and reinforced through discussion of Habermasř idea of the communicative act was used to develop a reflexive narrative approach in postgraduate research projects in a School of Communications and Arts at an Australian university. The value of this approach was then analysed for its potential to facilitate creative researchersř investigations into the inter-subjective circumstances of the creative act and connect their creative activity to the social realm

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