Professional Development

Inquiry with a creative edge!

Lesley Saunders describes how she worked with Year 11 students using the creative technique of “found poetry” to express professional development discussions that took place in a one-day conference on teachers’ inquiry projects.
Students together

School practitioner research is gaining momentum as an effective form of professional learning, and with it comes the challenge of how best to mobilise the knowledge and insights gained from inquiry projects. If this sharing is done only in conventional staff meeting presentations, it can belie the vibrant and dynamic nature of the investigations carried out. We need other ways to convey the heart of the enquiry, its complexity and the affective as well as cognitive nature of the issues. A particularly creative and effective way of doing this is through ‘found’ poetry. This article reports how teachers shared outcomes of their research projects in a conference event and in turn illustrates how students captured the spirit of the conference proceedings through ‘found’ poetry.   ‘Found’ poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words and phrases ‘found’ in other sources, and reframing them as poetry by, for example, taking single words or phrases out of a whole conversation, by juxtaposing them with other words/phrases, or by mixing up or repeating words to create rhythms and rhymes. Composing ‘found’ poems is an economical, creative and engaging way to contribute, alongside other forms of data collection, to making a multiple record of a complex event or situation.

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