Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot (Video)
1. You have been interested for a long time in research methodologies and more specifically in a form of artful inquiry that you developed called “portraiture.” Can you define portraiture and how this methodology evolved?
2. Can you talk about the key theorists who have helped you to nurture the idea of portraiture?
3. When did you first start practising portraiture and what did you learn from this?
4. Can you describe generally the process you use to implement portraiture?
5. How do you refute any skepticism about the rigor or validity of portraiture?
6. In your classes at the Harvard School of Education, what kinds of things do you have students do to acquire the skills of portraiture?
7. Can you give an example of one?
8. What does the discussion sound like when the critic discusses the piece?
9. What kinds of things would you suggest to researchers who are keen to use a portraiture methodology?
10. Do you have any other comments you’d like to add about artful inquiry?