Participatory Pedagogy and artful inquiry: partners in researching the student experience

Stephane A. Farenga

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This chapter presents a form of both co-participation theory and artful inquiry methodology as useful approaches in carrying out research into the student experience. Participatory Pedagogy is predicated on re-positioning participants as co-producers of knowledge by introducing them to important aspects of the research, providing a platform to foster expression and affording opportunities to co-shape the research process. Artful inquiry can take many different forms, but collage in particular has the capacity to bring new meanings to the surface even in well researched fields, such as the student experience. In supporting a Participatory Pedagogy approach, collage can unpack powerful testimonies of personal experience. A practical application of this pairing is also presented based on research into the student experience. This gives readers an insight into how it can be applied to a study, what its limitations might be and especially how students, particularly those from under-represented backgrounds, can benefit from being involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory and Method in Higher Education Research
EditorsJeroen Huisaman, Malcolm Tight
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages98
ISBN (Print)978-1-80043-321-2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2021


  • co-participatory
  • student experience
  • artful inquiry
  • collage


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