Elizabeth Start

Intercultural communication; creative and arts-informed learning, teaching and researching; practitioner research; student voice; higher education.

e.start.1@research.gla.ac.uk

estart@uni-koeln.de

Research title

Exploring performative inquiry in the intercultural communication classroom

Research summary

My research explores the pedagogical value of creative, arts-inspired tasks (modelling, collaging and engaging in a photo project) in my intercultural communication course at a large, multicultural university in Germany.  I'm particularly interested in the way students represent their theories, ideas and experiences creatively, and share this work with one another as part of an ethical, embodied approach to exploring intercultural communication. An analysis of the ways in which students value carrying out such activities is central to this project, as is the impact of the wider social and educational contexts for teaching and learning in this course and my own dual role as teacher-researcher.