Appropriate Research Methodologies for Artists, Designers &amp; Craftspersons: Research as a Learning Process
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AbstractThis paper attempts to put into context the development of research methodology in the Crafts. It considers the formal requirements for research by higher degrees, and defines the term &apos;practice-led&apos;. It observes that there appears to be a lack of critical contemporary debate in the Crafts. It is proposed that research can be an important factor in the development of defining and elaborating this critical context. Conversely this lack of critical context could be seen to hamper research in the discipline. The paper then reviews the current state of completed formal research, * revealing a predominance of historical, theoretical, and educational research strategies. Four practice-led research projects are then described: one completed Ph.D and two ongoing Ph.D research programmes (all in ceramics), and a further example drawn from professional practice (jewellery). These examples are described in terms of general methodological approach then expanded by specific methods. The paper concludes by proposing generic methodological guidelines for future research in the Crafts, so that learning, personal practice and the development of a critical context for the Crafts may benefit from the adoption and promotion of &apos;accessible disciplined inquiry&apos;.