Creative Ageing: Research Methods With Older Artists at the School of Fine Arts in Porto

Conference: The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities (PCAH2022)
Title: Creative Ageing: Research Methods With Older Artists at the School of Fine Arts in Porto
Stream: Arts - Teaching and Learning the Arts
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Susana Barreto, University of Porto, Portugal
Cláudia Lima, Lusófona University, Portugal
Eliana Penedos Santiago, Esad - Caldas, Leiria Polytechnic, Portugal


This paper describes and puts forward a five step-plan that informs researchers intending to involve older people in a research study. This work is informed by the methodology used in the project Wisdom Transfer: towards the scientific inscription of individual legacies in contexts of retirement from art and design higher education and research. The two year project (2018-2020) aimed at establishing the groundwork for an acknowledgment, communication and activation of contributions to culture and society from knowledge and experience by retired art and design academics.
In the course of this study, 50 interviews were conducted. The ethnographic methods used in this research included: life stories' interviews, visual analysis, observation and collective memory in the context of focus group sessions. After a systematic analysis of methods, strategies and facilitators, emerged a five-step plan on how to involve older people in research. The expected outputs of this research lie in a description of the methods used and a set of recommendations for conducting research with ageing informants, based on a five-step plan: 1. Reach, 2. Location, 3. Building trust, 4. Flexible approach, 5. Follow-up after interview.

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