Self Reflection: Using poetic inquiry to examine my own impressions of the community of Lynn, MA
How can poetic inquiry illuminate our own preconceptions and understanding about a community as we research it?
I am doing my internship at Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project, which seeks to analyze, gather, and understand data about the impact of the arts in the lives of youth at risk. It is an off-shoot of RAW ARTworks in Lynn, MA. I realized that all I knew of Lynn was from what I heard from others, and I wanted to explore my preconceptions and be aware of them before I dive into this research to be sure that my own judgments do not cloud my analytic process.
Lisa asks: how will you track your own evolving perceptions?
This is the nut of the thing, really. How do I track it? This is what my internship is all about, too. Not only do I want to be focusing on my initial opinions and thoughts, and then my thoughts as I research and learn, but the evolution of this and most importantly how and why and record this in some way.
I need to research some more on this topic to get a better idea. I need to better understand the methods others have used so my work will be valid and more useful.