Creative information seeking-research and artistic ability: the divine connection (part1)

Martins, Lola-Peach ORCID: (2009) Creative information seeking-research and artistic ability: the divine connection (part1). In: Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 01-04 Jun 2009, Bad Hofgastein, Austria. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


A doctoral programme has been described by some researchers as a time when they experience a ‘kaleidoscope pattern of thoughts and feelings typical of intellectual inquiry activities’, therefore, rendering it a deeply challenging endeavour in all ramifications. Furthermore, it has been argued that doctoral programs should prepare students for a ‘lifetime of intellectual inquiry that manifests itself in creative learning and research’. However, there is a dearth of studies about how doctoral students facilitate their CIS-R process. The main intention of this paper is to draw attention to the way the ability to create artwork influences doctoral student’s creative information seeking-research (CIS-R) process. The paper focuses on CIS-R processes, doctoral student’s individual learning needs, and behavioural patterns in this regard.

In the context of four key themes – information seeking processes, creativity process, doctoral studies, and individual learning, an in-depth literature review which focuses on the four key themes was carried out. This was done in order to determine and understand the core elements of the doctoral student’s individual learning during their research program. The empirical investigation was undertaken at a Business School in the UK. A small group of doctoral business students (management and marketing) that had used their artwork as an intervention strategy to combat the negative experiences encountered during their CIS-R process were specifically selected. Scenarios from their research experience were recorded and analysed.

The findings suggest that artistic ability plays a key role in the doctoral business student’s facilitation of their personal CIS-R process. Furthermore, the investigation revealed that facilitation of the process involves three main stages: Unblocking (or Deconditioning),
Critical Thinking, and Risk Taking, which are governed by several individual learning fields:
Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Attitude, Skills, Emotions, and Perceived Self-efficacy or Faith, and together form the KUWASEP reflective learning framework. Therefore, it is possible to conclude that these learning fields form the divine connection between CIS-R and artistic ability. This being the case, such a framework could be a useful reflection tool for facilitating the CIS-R process of doctoral business students.

Research Limitations: A small sample of students was selected, which although not deliberate, consisted of female students. Furthermore, broad generalisations cannot be made. Although the study focuses on artistic ability, this does not suggest that it is the only intervention factor.

Finally, the investigation was confined to a small sample of students at a UK Business School.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 4265
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Depositing User: Mrs Sue Black
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:17

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