Art and knowing in health management education

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Presented is a case illustrating connections between art, learning and the mobilization of knowledge. As part of an assessment task in a postgraduate degree, a student made a painting about her experiences with workplace harassment and bullying in the surgical ward that she managed. I interviewed this student and made my own artworks to better understand her workplace and learning experiences. We then discussed our respective artworks and recorded those conversations. These data suggest that art-making can create powerful learning experiences, change attitude to health management practice, make connections and generate productive conversations within a healthcare organization, and mobilize knowledge. The paper responds to the question: Can art be “paradigm-shifting” and therefore hold potential for creating a “good” or better health service? It also reflects on the use of art in health service research more generally, especially in an era considered by some to be “postparadigmatic”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-211
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number2
Early online date06 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


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