Art Methodologies for Freedom, Healing, and Understanding in Teaching and Research
In this presentation, Abby will discuss how inviting a visual arts-based practice into her research helped make it a space where freedom, healing, and understanding were possible.
Her project, which explored antiracist teacher learning in New York City schools, became a vehicle for not just for deepening her understanding of the topic, but also deepening her understanding of herself. She will also share classroom examples of how the arts can help students of all ages grapple with those same tensions in spaces of learning.
About the Speaker:
Abby C. Emerson, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Special Education at Providence College.
Her research and teaching centers on antiracist and abolitionist teacher education, a critique of whiteness in education spaces, parenting as a site of social change, and arts-based research methodologies. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher for 10 years in NYC public schools. During that time she was named the 2018 National Association for Multicultural Education’s Critical Teacher of the Year. Her writing about teaching and learning can be found in Radical Teacher, Whiteness and Education, Review of Research in Education, and Bank Street Occasional Paper Series. She recently completed her dissertation inquiring into the curriculum of antiracist teacher learning in NYC schools between 2012-2022. In this qualitative work she used visual methods in the data collection with educator participants, during the data analysis process, and ultimately in the final presentation with an art exhibit for educational practitioners and scholars. More information can be found at abbyemerson.com.
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