Finding Identity: Using the Literary and Visual Arts as Reflexive Tools / Lettres de possibilités et d’évolution pédagogique : réflexions personnelles issues de mon projet « Quête d’identité »

Thibault Zimmer


Abstract: This paper addresses reflections from my research when using letter-writing as an arts-based method for exploring curriculum implications within an alternative educational program in a Montreal inner-city high school. The participants, comprised of the program’s students as well as its administrators and teachers, informed the research by shedding light on their experiences of the teaching and learning that occurs in such setting. By combining the literary and visual arts, the study participants explored the theme of identity through the creation of letters, and visual arts responses. As a result of this work, I employ letter-writing in this paper to address the critical and pedagogic discourses experienced and support for a call to shift educational paradigms.

Keywords: Pedagogy; Letters; Narratives; Education; Discourse.

Résumé : Cet article porte sur les réflexions issues de mes recherches axées sur la rédaction de lettres comme méthode artistique d’analyse des répercussions des programmes, dans le cadre d’un programme éducatif alternatif au sein d’une école secondaire « anonyme » d’un centre-ville. Ces recherches sont basées sur les différents participants, à savoir étudiants, administrateurs et enseignants, qui ont bien voulu partager leurs expériences d’enseignement et d’apprentissage dans le contexte précité. En regroupant arts littéraires et visuels, les participants à l’étude ont exploré la thématique de l’identité par la rédaction de lettres et de créations en arts visuels. J’utilise donc ici, par le fruit de ces travaux, la rédaction de lettres pour traiter des discours critiques et pédagogiques reçus et promouvoir une évolution des paradigmes éducatifs.

Mots-clés : Pédagogie, lettres, récits, éducation, discours.

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