Susan Finley

Susan Finley
Washington State University | WSU · Department of Teaching & Learning

Ph.D.

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August 2001 - present
Washington State University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
Description
  • Located at WSU Vancouver, teach at all campuses
Education
September 1996 - June 1998
University of Michigan
Field of study
  • Education (Philosophy and Research Methods)

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The buzz about violence in schools has lightened during the COVID-19 pandemic, but without a plan or resolution to the problems of gun availability, pervasive gun culture and other issues of violence in U.S. schools and society. In recent, pre-COVID conversation with preservice teachers and school administrators (separate conversations), I was surp...
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Bringing together interdisciplinary leaders in methodology and arts-based research (ABR), this comprehensive handbook explores the synergies between artistic and research practices and addresses issues in designing, implementing, evaluating, and publishing ABR studies. Coverage includes the full range of ABR genres, including those based in literat...
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This chapter examines the political and theoretical implications of critical arts-based inquiry. Beginning with the third edition of the Handbook of Qualitative Research (2005), editors Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln have included a chapter on arts-based research in each subsequent edition. Accordingly, this is the third in a series of chapters w...
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Educational institutions, like most social service organizations, need to recognize intersectionality and complexity and move away from monolithic conceptions of homelessness – if they recognize homelessness at all. This first person account of a gay, Cambodian refugee illustrates the enormous complexity schools face in forming institutional respon...
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I locate my art and scholarship in the liminal spaces between the contrived socially and historically constructed metanarratives that explain poverty and the actual lived experiences of street youths, residents in tent communities, and sheltered and unsheltered children in America. Murals, poetry, re-purposed design and constructions, “found art,”...
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This article demonstrates the pedagogy and performance of a radical ethical aesthetic. It emerges from a mural-making project that exists in the confluence of critical arts-based research and emancipatory and transformative educational practices. Critical arts-based inquiry is a methodology for ethical research that is futuristic, socially responsi...
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Article Sometimes, love has lost itself between borders and bridges— While establishing deep connections. Listening to my heart's response, I drew lightly Leaving spaces misty and undefined As I danced in, around and With-in my own power and privilege. Layering my desires And struggles I still felt Loss of identity. We are Immigrants, In-between. C...
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Ling Li, who is an education professor in China, initiated the conversations that resulted in the dialog presented in this article. She sought out Susan’s support for a grant from the Chinese government for arts-based educational research. Correspondences between Susan and Ling have continued over two years and set the stage for Morgan’s research a...
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Ling Li, who is an education professor in China, initiated the conversations that resulted in the dialog presented in this article. She sought out Susan’s support for a grant from the Chinese government for arts-based educational research. Correspondences between Susan and Ling have continued over two years and set the stage for Morgan’s research a...
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The focus of this research narrative is children's perceptions of social class and their experiences of poverty as a social identity. Participatory action research that includes narrative reflection is demonstrated for its capacity and potential as a source of agency that may contribute to youths' academic, social, and political emancipation. In th...
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This article explores several dimensions of the role of arts education in processes of social change: It addresses the power of art as a voice of dissent at the core of a critical revolutionary pedagogy that is deeply relevant and transformative toward a socially just, democratic, and existentially responsible educational aesthetic. Of particular i...
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Students' use of technology for writing is becoming increasingly required with the Common Core State Standards and tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). State and NAEP assessments indicate that a large number of students, as many as 75%, cannot write at a basic level. The US and other countries have implemented respo...
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The experience (as opposed to the concept) of homelessness is hardly part of the academic discourse in education, cultural studies, or human development. One of the central goals of our special issue is to create a bridge between homelessness as a personal experience and homelessness as a public issue. Along with the personal experience that breaks...
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The authors often talk about the moral and ethical predicaments they experience working with marginalized populations. But such conversations, confessions, and verbalized doubts happened in intimate settings, often with out office doors closed or when the hallways are quiet and empty. This is not a whisper of secrecy or conspiracy but one of self-r...
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This article presents a street educator's experience of a poetry cooperative with female street youths as an example of performance pedagogy. Poetic voices of members of the cooperative are used to illustrate the pages of this special issue of CSCM in the text of this article and as they are scattered through the pagesof this special issue like gra...
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The conditions of homelessness and poverty in America are being criminalized and pathologized such that people who are poor or homeless are marginalized and paternalized to the point of corrupting the possibility of human dignity. In a radical revision of accepted charity models for dealing with homelessness, a group of homeless people have establi...
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This commentary reconsiders emerging standards for evaluation of the field of practice of qualitative inquiry and arts-based approaches. Specifically, this is a review of the dialogue around issues of standards that has continued through the first seven volumes of Qualitative Inquiry (QI), from March 1995 through June 2001, and is inclusive of this...
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This article represents the usefulness of artistic approaches to social science research. Following a brief introduction to the research context—an inquiry into the life experiences of homeless youth travelers—the author presents a poem that interweaves snippets of conversations audiotaped during the inquiry with lines of poetry that she has writte...
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Teacher educators have done relatively little to develop multicultural curricula specific to continuing professional education of inservice teachers. Presents one professor's approach to educating for cultural diversity in a master's level course, "Cultural Issues in Classrooms and Curricula," describing experiences that participants had during the...
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The authors use a storied representation to highlight the aesthetic and feeling qualities of their research about homeless youth. The authors also include a description of their mother/son research collaboration and the impact of that relationship on the research process. Names of youth are pseudonyms or street names, and all dialogues and reflecti...
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Using life-history interviews with three tenure track teacher educators, this article examines teacher socialization experiences, investigating how life histories can highlight the process of becoming faculty, noting change efforts that may lead to radical reforms, and discussing whether schools of education merely perpetuate traditional norms and...
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This is a postmodern article that is nontraditional in its form, content, and mode of representation. Upon recognizing that we share interests and common experiences as artists, we decided to collect life history information from each other about our artistic experiences. Thus we have become, simultaneously, "the researched" and "the re searcher."...

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Just curious, is this project in any way affiliated with Carl Bagley & Mary Beth Cancienne's book by the same title? Is it arts-based research?

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Arts-based research, arts-informed research, a/r/tography, critical arts-based inquiry, aesthetic inquiry, creative research methods, and humanities-based research are all terms that have been used to describe research that draws upon arts and humanities in studies of human life. These somewhat nuanced references to social science research methodologies that are framed by arts and humanities have been included as examples of “arts-based research” (ABR). Although CABR shares all of the methodological approaches and connections to the arts and humanities, it serves as a defined set of political and activist purposes and is differentiated by its ties to critical pedagogy and related research methodologies. This project is intended to establish a strong community of arts researchers supporting one another, and to include both those who identify as social science researchers and those who identify as artistis, as well as those who live in the intersectional spaces of both. This project is closely tied with my Instagram research project.
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Follow updates: Instagram ahas2020andbeyond arts.researcher