Arts-Based Investigation: A Brazilian Story

Maria Teresa Cauduro, Márcia Birk, Priscila Wachs

Abstract


This study was carried out by the "Professional Qualification in Healthcare" research team at the Centro Universitário Feevale (Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil). The aim of the study was to learn about the way the children and adolescents from the Canudos' neighborhood who take part in the "Social Indoor Soccer" program understand their living conditions, with the intention of developing teaching plans for training the teachers involved. Through an arts-based investigative methodology, a group of 17 boys who live in the neighborhood and participate in the program were asked to answer in the form of drawings two questions related to their living situations: "What do you like?" and "What do you not like?" The analysis had two categories and four subcategories, as follows: a) What they like: playing football and playing video games; b) what they don't like: violence and personal hygiene. There is a risk of electric shocks due to inadequate sanitary facilities, and poorly fitting electrical connections. The program has a positive effect on the children and adolescents.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0902335

Keywords


qualitative research; arts-based investigation; children in high-risk situations; social programs; professional formation