Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education 2018-11-19T17:54:19+00:00 MacPhail Open Journal Systems <p>Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education is a refereed scholarly journal committed to the dissemination of knowledge derived from disciplined inquiry in the field of adult and continuing education. CJSAE is published twice yearly for the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education/l'Association Canadienne pour l'Étude de l'Éducation des Adultes.</p> Introduction to Finding Voice and Listening: The Potential of Community and Arts-based Adult Education and Research 2018-08-31T18:23:29+00:00 Shauna Butterwick Carole Roy <p>This special issue of the <em>Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education</em>includes nine articles that each explore arts and community-based research and/or pedagogy and the power of these practices to create opportunities for those living on the margins to find their voices, tell their stories, and to have those experiences be heard by others. While adult educators and researchers oriented to addressing social injustices and inequalities have long been concerned with the matter of voice, in this special issue we include accounts of community and arts-based activities that created conditions for those voices to be heard. There is no possibility for change if there is no audience for these voices. Creative expression in various forms has much to offer practices that are concerned with enabling individuals and groups located on the margins of dominant society to speak and be heard.</p> 2018-05-17T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Stitching Together an Arts-based Inquiry with Indigenous Communities in Canada and Chile 2018-08-31T18:23:32+00:00 Cindy Hanson <p>Community based research and learning can never be prescribed. The SSHRC funded study entitled, <em>Intergenerational Learning in Indigenous Textile Communities of Practice,</em> illustrated this point in many ways. Although it was conceived as community-based research it was not initially regarded as arts-based, this is what it became. Both the data gathering and research mobilization methods were arts-based. The study provided meaningful lessons in informal Indigenous, and intergenerational, learning within textile communities of practice of Indigenous beaders and weavers from Canada and Chile.</p> 2018-07-17T15:59:50+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tisser une Étude Axée sur les Arts avec des Communautés Autochtones au Canada et au Chili 2018-08-31T18:23:34+00:00 Cindy Hanson <p>Community-based research and learning can never be prescribed. The study entitled “Intergenerational Learning in Indigenous Textile Communities of Practice,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, illustrated this point in many ways. Although it was conceived as community-based research, it was not initially regarded as arts-based; this is what it became. Both the data-gathering and research-mobilization methods were arts-based. The study provided meaningful lessons in informal, Indigenous, and intergenerational learning within textile communities of practice of Indigenous beaders and weavers from Canada and Chile.</p> 2018-07-17T15:50:35+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Amazonian Community Arts Education for Sustainable Worlds 2018-08-31T18:23:36+00:00 Dan Baron Cohen <p>This article narrates the performance pedagogies created by the Rivers of Meeting project in the Afro-Indigenous fishing community of Cabelo Seco, Marabá City, in the Brazilian Amazon. Performed on the thresholds between paradigms of 'good-living' and industrial development, three short stories show how young arts educators contribute to the project’s independent Community University. The article is based on oral and written reflections by the young performers, and reveals the challenges and potentials that shape their community’s future. Set on the edge of the River Tocantins, about to be deformed into a river highway for transporting iron from the largest mines and refineries in the world, powered by a vast hydroelectric dam, the interventions on this Amazonian threshold acquire a compelling resonance.</p> 2018-07-17T16:01:14+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Transformative and Healing Power of Theatre of Witness 2018-08-31T18:23:38+00:00 Jennifer Blackburn Miller <p>This article describes the healing and transformative effects of a social justice theatre program called Theatre of Witness on participants and community members in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It begins with a review of relevant literature, including sections about artistic ways of knowing, transformative learning through theatre and storytelling, and theatre for peacebuilding. The research is still in process, however, the findings are similar to other social justice theatre programs used for peacebuilding. The key themes of this program are authentic, vulnerable storytelling through testimonial theatre, and a process of empathy development by humanizing the ‘other’.</p> 2018-07-17T16:00:56+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Exploring the Impact of Community-Based Arts Programming on Determinants of Health using Secondary Evaluation Data 2018-08-31T18:23:40+00:00 Ann Fox Vanessa Currie Elizabeth Brennan <p>Arts Health Antigonish! (AHA!) is a not–for- profit community organization whose mandate is to foster creative expression for community health and well-being (www.<a href=""></a>). Over a four-year period, AHA! programs have engaged approximately 20 local artists and over 2000 community members through poetry, visual arts, dance and music, drama, and digital storytelling. As part of an effort to plan sustainable growth, AHA! completed a summary evaluation of six of its major programs<strong>. </strong>Programs selected for this evaluation had been offered to a specific group of people on an ongoing basis for a minimum of three months and comparable evaluation data was available. The summary confirmed that participants in all six programs experienced increased social inclusion and meaningful relationships. Marked improvements were noted in health care and living environments and education outcomes. Many positive outcomes around individual development were also identified, such as positive self-expression, improved self-confidence, belonging and empathy. Assessing the impact of broader structural determinants of health remains a challenge. These findings provide direction for future planning, evaluation, and knowledge sharing approaches.</p> 2018-05-24T12:59:58+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Poetry, Prose and Personhood: The Art of Storytelling with the Homeless 2018-08-31T18:23:42+00:00 Paige Zhang Roula Kteily-Hawa <p>In 2016, 235,000 Canadians experienced homelessness and on any given night, there are 35,000 Canadians who are homeless. Many have significant mental health needs. This article describes a series of storytelling workshops offered at a shelter and medical clinic that provided a space for homeless people to reflect, share their voices, gain communication skills, and connect within a peer group. Fourteen self-selected homeless men participated. Staff and participant experiences are shared in this paper pointing to how narratives and storytelling provide a rich ground for better understanding and empowering people experiencing homelessness.</p> 2018-05-11T12:19:36+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "I Love to Write My Story": Storytelling and its role in seniors' language 2018-08-31T18:23:44+00:00 Natalia Balyasnikova Spring Gillard <p>&nbsp;This article examines the role of storytelling as an arts-based educational approach in an older-adult immigrant language-learning program. As a special group within the adult language-learner population, immigrant seniors benefit from educational strategies that emphasize recognition of life experience over knowledge accumulation, which is a common goal of more traditional educational approaches. We present a small study of a storytelling class held within the English Conversation Program at the University of British Columbia Learning Exchange. Based on compelling results, we argue that storytelling is a powerful strategy that not only facilitates language learning, but creates a safe, inclusive learning community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> ##submission.copyrightStatement## Women’s Illness Narratives: Storytelling as Art-Informed Inquiry 2018-08-31T18:23:46+00:00 Roula N Kteily-Hawa <p>This article explores three narratives from South Asian Canadian immigrant women living with HIV, and how the project shifted from a conventional qualitative interview methodology toward an arts-informed narrative inquiry. Sharing my own story as an immigrant and refugee woman helped to establish trust and an emotive engagement with the women, making it easier for them to share their HIV-related experiences. Using a storytelling approach and Arthur W. Frank’s illness perspectives (1995),which include restitution (getting well), chaos (hopelessness), and quest (transcendence) as a framework, can deepen understandings of their lived experience as immigrant and refugee women living with HIV.</p> 2018-07-17T15:59:25+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Migrant Women Learning & Teaching through Participatory Photography 2018-08-31T18:23:47+00:00 Susan Brigham Catherine Baillie-Abidi Sylvia Calatayud <p>International migration continues to rise at unprecedented rates, rates exceeding the growth of the world’s population (UN, 2015)<a href="#_edn1" name="_ednref1"><sup>[i]</sup></a>. This vast movement of people influences social, economic and political systems in complex ways, including interpersonal and international gender relations. In this article, we discuss two studies that involved participatory photography with women in Nova Scotia who recently immigrated to Canada: <em>Refugees Learning and Storytelling through Participatory Photography </em>(2013-15) and <em>Refugees/ immigrants and refugee claimants: Negotiating place and perceptions </em>(2015-17). Using a feminist theoretical perspective, we examined the participants’ photographs and transcripts of meetings to identify the women’s learning processes. We conclude with our reflections on the impact that these arts-based projects had on participants and the wider community, namely that participatory photography can enhance our collective understanding of migration, including the gendered realities of migration.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2018-07-17T16:00:34+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Community Art as Social Transformational Tool for Criminalized Women 2018-08-31T18:23:50+00:00 Anne-Céline Genevois <p>Research into criminality in women did not begin until the rise of feminist studies in the 1970s. Inequalities in both the number and quality of services provided to women prompted the creation of the Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec (SEFQ) in 1977. At the time, community organizations working with criminalized women were all but non-existent. The SEFQ has now been working with criminalized women in detention and community environments for forty years. It has launched many services, including the Thérèse-Casgrain Transition House. In the last ten years, the SEFQ has continued to pursue its goals of creating services and tools that meet its clients’ needs and of raising awareness about their realities by exploring community art.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2018-07-17T15:49:46+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Working the Margins of Community-Based Adult Learning: The Power of Arts-Making in Finding Voice and Creating Conditions for Seeing/Listening 2018-08-31T18:23:51+00:00 Lynn Fels <p>Book Review of:</p> <p><strong>WORKING THE MARGINS OF COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT LEARNING: THE POWER OF ARTS-MAKING IN FINDNING VOICE AND CREATING CONDITIONS FOR SEEING/LISTENING&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Shauna Butterwick and Carole Roy (Eds.)&nbsp;Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,&nbsp;2016, 206 pages.</p> 2018-07-17T15:49:21+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Embodied Inquiry: Writing, Living and Being Through the Body 2018-11-19T17:54:19+00:00 Kari Grain Shauna Jane Butterwick <p>Book Review Of:</p> <p><strong>EMBODIED INQUIRY: WRITING, LIVING AND BEING THROUGH THE BODY&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Celeste Snowber. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2016, 95 pages.</p> 2018-07-17T15:50:09+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##