Introduction; Chapter 1 Planning the journey: introduction to research in Art and Design; Chapter 2 Mapping the terrain: methods of contextualizing research; Chapter 3 Locating your position: orienting and situating research; Chapter 4 Crossing the terrain: establishing appropriate research methodologies; Chapter 5 Interpreting the map: methods of evaluation and analysis; Chapter 6 Recounting the journey: recognizing new knowledge and communicating research findings;
Carole Gray is a Research Professor and Julian Malins a Reader in Design at Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Both have PhDs and extensive experience of supervising and examining research degrees in art and design. Both are practitioners with a belief in the creative relationship between practice, teaching and research. A visual artist, Carole makes context specific artwork using new materials and technologies. She is currently involved in research that re-thinks the role of the artist in cultural processes (www.ontheedgeresearch.org). As a designer and a maker Julian maintains a long-term interest in ceramics research, in particular how new technologies can support new models of craft practice. He is currently involved in a number of projects investigating web-based technologies for learning. The authors have worked together on understanding experiential, constructive learning styles, especially visual learning styles, increasingly within higher degree frameworks. As committed practitioners, educators and researchers they continue to be excited by the challenges posed by research, and they continue to learn.
'At last we have a book making sense of practice-based approaches to research in art and design. This should be essential reading for all masters and doctoral students in the field.' Professor Rachel Cooper, Director, Adelphi Research Institute for Creative Arts and Sciences, University of Salford, UK. 'It is written in a warm, refreshing and stimulating style...the writing style employed by the authors is very readable and, throughout the book, illustrations are used to good effect...The six chapters that make up this book cover a wide range of issues...A number of different techniques for data reduction and data presentation are considered...Although this book is intended to be a support aid for research students in Art and Design, there is a considerable amount of generic material embedded within it...it would make useful reading for other students embarking on research projects in other disciplines. It would also form a useful resource for people who are new to research supervision - it abounds with good advice and many useful references!' UKCGE (United Kingdom Council for Graduate Education) Newsletter