My broader aim was to contribute to the overall quality of university community life. It was also an opportunity to explore how the arts can be a powerful method for participants to learn more about themselves and an understanding of spirituality.
The arts-based procedures used to support student learning have been adapted from an epistemology developed at the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts erapy [MIECAT] that emphasises participatory, experiential, and embodied multi-arts approaches.
The relational qualities developed through an engagement in this inquiry process were central in achieving the aims of the research. roughout, I endeavoured to make the inquiry as participatory as possible and the data presented were developed as research participants and I engaged in a co-construction of meanings derived from an intersection between the curriculum, personal history and events, and the community engagement projects.
The cultivation of reflective practice has become common in higher education. However educators must face the challenge of teaching this and of companioning students in their re ective procedures. I regard the student voice as primary throughout this whole process, particularly in the representation of the data. is is in recognition of the primacy of their lived experience. e study elicits students’ views concerning arts-based procedures as a method of re ection. e data were analysed to identify the broad themes which were expressed through students’ visual journals. e ndings show that students in this study valued the opportunity to work multi-modally and that collaborative and structured re ection with arts-based procedures enhances students’ learning. e ndings highlight how an arts-based approach can enrich individual spirituality as an aspect of lived experience.
Whilst the study is situated within the higher education sector, the ndings strongly suggest that arts-based inquiry is relevant to other situations. A recommendation for practice arising from the ndings is that this arts-based re ection be implemented in primary and secondary schools as a means of spiritual development.