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GuidelinesforAssessinganArtsBasedResearchProject

(ToBeUsedinConjunctionw/AssessmentRubric)

ASSESSINGPOSTPRODUCTION
Inthethirdchapterofyourartsbasedresearchprojectprocessdocuments,youmustfirstbe
abletoevaluatethedegreetowhichyourprojectwasincisive,concise,complexandgenerative
forothers.Todothis,pleaseanswerthefollowingquestionswithasmuchdetailaspossible.

QUESTIONSABOUTCONCISENESS
AccordingtoBarone&Eisner,creativeresearchneedstobeconcise.Forthem,apieceof
conciseresearchalmostcuratorialinthewayitcreatesakindofintelligentdiscrimination
aboutthequestionstheresearcherwouldraiseinthemindsoftheaudienceaboutthesocial
phenomenabeingresearched.(150).LastFall,wepracticedconcisionattheproposalwriting
stage,byexplicitlyarticulatingthreethemeswewantedtoexploreinourwork.Itisnowtotime
topracticeconcisionatthemethodologicallevelbyasking:doyoubelievethecreativemethods
youproposehelpyouraudiencefocusonyourthemes?
a.

IfYes,how?
b.

Ifno,whatcouldberefined?

QUESTIONSABOUTINCISIVENESS

Incisivenessisanotherimportantfeatureofcreativityasresearch.FortoBaroneandEisner,a

researchersincisivenessiswhatallowsanaudienceorreadertocuttothecoreofanissue.
(2014:1).
a.

Doyoufeelasthoughyourcreativemethodscanbeusedtocuttothecoreofyour

researchquestionsclearlyanddecisively?
b.Ifso,canyouexplainmore,bywayofexampleorobservation?
c.

Whatdoyouthinkofthepossibilitythecreativeform/methodwillovershadowthe
researchitself?
d.Howmightyoubuildinsomesafeguardsupstreamtohelpwiththat(e.g.
prescreeningsforargumentclarity,etc.)

QUESTIONSABOUTCOMPLEXITY
Barone&Eisnermaintainthatcreativityasresearchislessaboutprovidingdefinitiveanswers,
andmoreabouttheresearchersdesiretocomplicate,expandon,orbringnewperspectiveto
thephenomenaathand.(2014:14).
a.

Inwhatwaycouldyourcreativemethodhelpexpandonorcomplicatethe
phenomenaathand(i.e.yourtopicand/oryourresearchquestion),especiallyifyouhad
theattentionofyourdesiredtargetaudience?
b.

Inwhatwaycouldyourcreativemethodbringnewperspectivetothephenomenonat
hand,especiallyifyouhadtheattentionofyourdesiredtargetaudience?

QUESTIONSABOUTGENERATIVITY
Afinalelementofcreativeresearchisthatitbegenerativeinsomewaythatitenablesoneto
seeoractuponphenomenaeventhoughitrepresentsakindofcasestudywithan
n
ofonly1.
(Barone&Eisner,152).Theconceptofgenerativityisespeciallyimportanttoconsiderin
creativenonfiction,poetry,film,andtheatricalworks.
a. Howdoyouthinkyourmethodsmighthelpaudiencesrelatetheirown
experienceswithpeopleorplacesyouexploreinyourwork?

b. Howdoyoufeelthatyourmethodsmightbegenerativetoyouraudience,
allowingthemtoreshapetheirconceptionofsomeaspectoftheworldthatthey
maynothaveconsideredbeforeinthisway?

RubricForAssessinganArtsBasedResearchProject

Category

Competent
3

NeedsWork
2

Inadequate
1

Thisprojectis
exemplaryinits
communicationofallof
itsthemesand
questionstoits
audienceItsglobal
impactisalsoclear.

Thisprojectdoesa
reasonablygoodjobof
communicatingits
themesandquestions
toitsaudience,butit
maybelackinga
globalfocus

Theprojecthas
articulatedthemes
somewhat
incompletelyor
weakly,,and/ortheir
worklacksastrong
globalfocus.

Thestudenthasnot
articulatedanystrong
themesorquestions.

Incisivenessre:
Significance,
Intention

Thestudenthas
demonstrated
exemplaryintegration
ofcreativityand
scholarlyresearchin
waysthatareclear
andcompellingtothe
reader/audience.

Thestudenthas
demonstratedeffective
integrationofcreativity
andscholarly
research,although
moreworkonclarityor
rhetoricalimpact
wouldbewelcome.

Thestudenthas
attemptedtointegrate
thecreativityofthe
projectwithits
scholarlyfocus,butthe
productionelementof
theprojectisbeginning
toovertakethe
scholarlyelement.

Inthisproject,the
creativeproduction
angleovershadowsthe
scholarlyresearch
question,tothepoint
wheretheproject
reallydoesntseem
likeartasresearch.

Complexityre:
Audience
Experienceand
Manageability

Thisproject
demonstratedan
exemplarycapacityto
wasabletouse
creativeresearchin
ordertocomplicate,
expandon,orbring
newperspectiveto
theirresearchquestion

Thisstudentwasable
tousecreative
researchinorderto
complicate,expand
on,orbringnew
perspectivetotheir
researchquestion.

Thestudenthasonly
partiallymanagedto
complicate,expandon,
orbringnew
perspectivetotheir
researchquestion.

Thisprojectlackedan
efforttocomplicate,
expandon,orbring
newperspectivetothe
phenomenaathand.

Projectwas
exemplaryinits
capacitytomove
audiences(through
identificationorother
means)frommicroto
macroconcernsinthe
realmsofpolitics,
aesthetics,ethics,etc.

Projectseemedto
reasonablymove
audiences(through
identificationorother
means)frommicroto
macroconcernsinthe
realmsofpolitics,
aesthetics,ethics,etc.

Projectattemptedbut
struggledtofullymove
audiences(through
identificationorother
means)frommicroto
macroconcernsinthe
realmsofpolitics,
aesthetics,ethics,etc.

Projectmadenoeffort
tomoveaudiences
(throughidentification
orothermeans)from
microtomacro
concernsintherealms
ofpolitics,aesthetics,
ethics,etc.

Concisionre:
Research
Questionsand
Themes

Overall
Effectiveness
ofMethodand
Audience
Generativity

Excellent
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