What Does Research Look Like?

What does research look like?  Do you know it when you see it?  How is research that you do similar or different than you peers’ research?  You might be able to explain it, but, can you draw it?  That is a question I posed to a class of mine this spring semester.  I asked them, “What does research look like?”.  The students turned in drawings at the beginning of the semester.  I will do the same at the end of the semester and compare drawings.   There are a couple of ideas that intrigue me about this exercise.  First, it really “makes thinking visible”.  This is an idea that John has talked about on numerous occasions.  I am able to better direct my teaching to serve students if I can “see” what they are thinking.  I am also fascinated by my own preoccupation with looking at research as the published article or reading about research.  Yet, for many disciplines research is audio or visual constructions.  Think of the scene designer or the music composer.  If you want to know what their research looks like you may very well find yourself in a theater or opera house.   So, I would like those of you who are so inclined to respond to this post with your own drawing.  What does research look like for you?  I look forward to seeing your responses.   Perhaps we can discuss your ideas when we meet in Adelaide on December 11-13 for the I-MELT Conference (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/).

1 thought on “What Does Research Look Like?”

  1. Greetings Sylvia,

    I too am fascinated by what Research Looks Like! When very young I used to draw whilst listening to music and aimed to follow the rise and fall of the rhythms. Do have a look at this article in today’s The Conversation you might like: “Every picture tells a story, but visualisation can tell the right one”. http://theconversation.com/every-picture-tells-a-story-but-visualisation-can-tell-the-right-one-72973 .

    Every picture tells a story, but visualisation can tell the right one theconversation.com Along with machine learning, data mining and statistics, visualisations are playing an important role in current-day data analytics.

    Ms Judith Thomas

    School of Education,

    Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide

    Mobile: 0404 84 2910 Telephone: 08 8361 9594

    Email: judith.thomas@adelaide.edu.au

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