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PhD Oral Exam - Lea Kabiljo, Art Education

Beyond the Interview: Oral History x Photography Research-Creation methodology for the enhancement of social-emotional competences for teacher candidates in art education

Thursday, October 19, 2023
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This event is free


School of Graduate Studies


Dolly Grewal


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room 362



When studying for a doctoral degree (PhD), candidates submit a thesis that provides a critical review of the current state of knowledge of the thesis subject as well as the student’s own contributions to the subject. The distinguishing criterion of doctoral graduate research is a significant and original contribution to knowledge.

Once accepted, the candidate presents the thesis orally. This oral exam is open to the public.


In this dissertation, I embark on an exploration of the Oral History x Photography Research-Creation methodology, examining its potential to enhance social-emotional competence among art education teacher candidates in Quebec. Drawing on the theoretical framework of critical pedagogy and utilizing a bricolage approach, I engage in a reflective journey, connecting personal experiences with wider socio-educational contexts.

The research unfolds in three parts. Initially, I examine the integration of oral history and photography in research-creation methodology. Despite the tensions, I underscore how this methodology can foster key social-emotional competencies such as self-awareness, active listening, shared authority, and empathy. Next, I engage six participant collaborators to validate the pedagogical benefits of Oral History x Photography Research-Creation. Their insights reinforce the potential of this methodology to enhance teaching and learning, shaping its potential application in art education teacher training programs. In the third phase, I experiment with different curricular models. Ultimately, I conclude that a tailored undergraduate course provides the most beneficial framework for teacher candidates to fully integrate and effectively utilize this methodology.

In conclusion, I propose that the Oral History x Photography Research-Creation methodology has potential for developing social-emotional competence, specifically enhancing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, among art education teacher candidates. Despite these promising findings, I acknowledge that my dissertation marks just the beginning of a larger exploration. I believe that continued exploration will strengthen the framework of this methodology and its wider application in art education, ultimately contributing to the development of a new generation of empathetic, self-aware, and socially conscious educators.

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