The Wonder of Collaboration: Actualising Connections in Education

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How might we understand collaboration? As The (1+1+1) Collective, we are educators working in the arts, philosophy and counselling. Each of us frames questions about learning from the context of her own discipline. Our findings are often incompatible. By collaborating through art each scholar goes beyond her own frames of reference into a play of elements that expands our scholarship as it causes us to wonder. With each medium - video, music, drama -the processes of assemblage (Deleuze and Guattari, 1987) reveal what collaboration is as we unravel what it does. At a performance of our first work, "Ockham's Razor: (1)(1+1)(1+1+1)", we were challenged to think of that video installation as a site for contemplation and as an examination of silence in learning. In this presentation we embark upon a new production and examine how our work together provides the conditions for the knowledge collaboration provokes. We aspire to articulate the idea that "modes of life inspire ways of thinking; modes of thinking create ways of living" (Gille Deleuze, 2001).


Keywords: Collaborative Research, Collaborative Learning, Arts and Education, Assemblage, Wonder
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Michelle Forrest

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cameroon

Michelle Forrest's first career was as a singer of opera, oratorio and art songs. Having taught language arts and drama in secondary school, she is now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She teaches philosophy of education, arts, media, and aesthetics and writes about the role of the arts, aesthetics and media in values education. She still sings upon request for fund-raisers and other special events and enjoys jamming with friends and students whenever she gets the chance.

Linda Wheeldon

Lecturer, School of Education, Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Loving performance, improvisation and chaos, Linda most often wishes she were a jazz singer with a really hot band in New York City having just been offered a great part in a play. But for now she is a Doctoral Candidate in Education (Counselling) at the University of South Australia, on faculty at Acadia University teaching in the B.Ed. and M.Ed.(Counselling) programs. She is also a Psychotherapist in private clinical practice.

Dr. Miriam Cooley

Associate Professor, Faculty of Elementary Education, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Miriam Cooley is an associate professor of Art Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. Painting and drawing were her first passions, although her current artistic work is in photography, film, and video. Her research interests include visual culture, creative process(es), and the dynamics of artistic production as research.

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