First, some information on where you can find these materials.
Bresler, L. (2006). Embodied Narrative Inquiry: A Methodology of Connection. Research Studies in Music Education, 27, 21-43.
The piece titled "Experiential pedagogies in research education: Drawing on engagement with artworks" will be a chapter in a book edited by Candace Stout which will be released in late 2010.
This morning I realized that I needed to take more account of what Liora was saying about the differences between textual/visual and auditory/oral. (Her piece on Embodied Narrative is where she speaks most strongly to this.] This has great importance to what I have been thinking about in terms of "artful computing". Manufacturing text from interviews and observations is, in and of itself, a process of reducation and visualization. Visualization has been at the heart of what Qualitative Data Analysis Software is doing. Even with the new capacities for audio and video, the emphasis in QDAS is still on reduction towards text.
Bresler draws upon the works of music educator Wayne Bowman and cultural historian Walter Ong in thinking about the nature of sound to illustrate how sound is a uniquely embodied experience, and one that exists in process and change as opposed to the visual which exists in a state of constancy outside of our bodies.
Why do I say that text is reduction? Well, it is the beginning of the process of shrinking, leaving out, condensing, and reduction that makes it possible to transform experience into new sets of symbols and combinations of symbolic meanings that is necessary in qualitative research. You turn it into text--reduction begins. You code the text--reduction again. You play with the codes and create tables or statements or models--reduction again...and juxtaposition.
Well, there is much good to think with here. Thanks again.