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Using poetry in a critically reflexive action research co-inquiry with nurses

Hopkinson, Clare

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Clare Hopkinson Clare.Hopkinson@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer - HAS NAM - UATN0001



Abstract

© The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav There are few reports of healthcare action research using collaborative or co-operative inquiry (co-inquiry) while research featuring poetry is also rare. This paper presents a cycle from a critically reflexive action research co-inquiry that explored the tensions and possibilities of nurses’ reflecting during care-giving where poems emerged as data. These poems were inspired by reflections, observations, co-inquirers’ stories and interviews. They formed part of a first-, second- and third-person co-inquiry. Applying Bourdieu’s concepts of doxa, habitus and field to the poems revealed cultural aspects of nursing practice. The poems resonated with nurses’ experiences producing deeper conversations and powerful reflexive co-inquiries about practice. The poems evoked suppressed emotions and empathy. I argue poems derived from practice are embodied knowledge and thus have a legitimate place in healthcare action research. Practice-based poems could be valuable for other practice-orientated professions in producing practice learning and change.

Citation

Hopkinson, C. (2015). Using poetry in a critically reflexive action research co-inquiry with nurses. Action Research, 13(1), 30-47. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750314565943

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Journal Action Research
Print ISSN 1476-7503
Electronic ISSN 1741-2617
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 30-47
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750314565943
Keywords poetry, embodied knowledge, habitus and field, reflexive, co-inquiry, collaborative action research, emotions, emotional labour
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/837856
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476750314565943

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