16 May 2012

Notice of oral examination: Joe Blades


An oral examination for Joseph Blades candidate for the degree of Master of Education, will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Location: Room 309, d’Avray Hall
Time: 3:00 pm

Title: Trail of Poems: An Unexpected Journey into Adult Education and Central European Canadian Studies

A copy of the project with report is available in Marshall d'Avray Hall, Room 226, UNB-Fredericton. The abstract is attached hereto.

The examining Committee is as follows:
Chair: David Wagner
Supervisor: Jennifer Pazienza
Readers: Amanda Benjamin
Linda Eyre
John J. Guiney Yallop (Acadia University)


In this project with report I employ a qualitative research methodology, arts-based autoethnographic research to explore, illuminate and answer my central question: How did I, an artist–poet, become a Canadian Studies practitioner in Central Europe, a translated and published author in Central Europe, a graduate student–learner in adult education, and an adult educator in Central Europe and Canada? My choices for data analyzed include prose, poetry, and photographs by me. My project titled Trail of Poems, a public, off-campus, art gallery installation–exhibition and writer-in-residence performance, is arts-based research in action. I reflect on the significance my experiences may have for others. My findings include critical insights, limitations, and future research considerations for myself and others. I identify outdated binaries and gaps in adult education theories and practices generally and in arts-based adult education particularly, as well as gaps in Canadian Studies literature in Canada and Central Europe.

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