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Using performance poetry to research and communicate lived experiences of AAC users

Session 
2.4
Research Stream
  • Caroline Hodges (Bournemouth University)
  • Wendy Cutts (Bournemouth University)
Summary

In this paper we consider ways in which academics might work in collaboration with artists and community groups using performance poetry as grassroots 'arts activism', with the aim of facilitating empowerment and offering a 'voice' to AAC users to challenge dominant societal attitudes and practices which may serve to marginalise them.

Method/Activities/Techniques

Situating our discussion within the methodological framework of 'poetic inquiry', we consider how performance poetry can be used as a tool and process of research, as well as a method of research dissemination.

Results/Findings

Using participant-authored poetry, participant observations and researcher reflections, we discuss what 'performance', 'voice' and 'spoken word' might mean within this specific context.

Conclusions

We identify ways in which performance poetry can reach audiences on both an emotional and a critical level, thus providing a useful means to educate the public about AAC.

Level of Session 
Introductory
Age Group 
Adolescent
Interest 
Secondary school
Special school
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