‘ … But we are academics!’ a reflection on using arts-based research activities with university colleagues

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  • Amy Burge
  • Maria Grade Godinho
  • Miesbeth Knottenbelt
  • Daphne Loads

Colleges, School and Institutes


Arts-based practices, although familiar in some areas of educational research have the capacity to surprise and to shock: they hold promise but also pose risks. In this essay we introduce arts-based research practices and in particular cut-up and collage. We invite readers to reflect on our experiences of arts-based educational research activities with a group of academic colleagues. We describe what we did, what went wrong, what went right and what we learned.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-737
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Issue number6
Early online date1 Jun 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jun 2016