Chapter 29: Using arts-based and embodied methods to research leadership in education
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This chapter explores how arts-based and embodied (ABE) approaches can be used in educational leadership research. Following an outline of how the author conceptualises leadership and leadership development, the author considers the literature on how educational leadership is researched before outlining the use of ABE research methods. A research project, ENABLES, is presented as a case study to exemplify the use of ABE methods in educational leadership research. Collage-creation and gesture-response activities were used with participants in the ENABLES project to explore distributed leadership capacity. The author closes the chapter with thoughts emerging from the ENABLES project and considers the dual functions of ABE approaches, as an opportunity for participants to learn as well as an opportunity for researchers to collect data. The appeal of ABE approaches is considered and their unfamiliarity (which is often the case) is presented as a potential benefit.

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