This article stems from dialogues in the context of the 15th TQR conference themed “Qualitative Inquiry: Access Denied?” where a workshop on Poetry in the Teaching and Learning Qualitative Research has resulted in participants creating a poem conference organizer encouraged to share with the readers of TQR. In this article, I provide an overview of the background and rationale for the workshop, the activities leading to the participants writing the poem, and a reflection on how the participant-created poem connected with the conference theme and the potentials of utilizing artistic practices in teaching and learning qualitative inquiry.


poetry, teaching, qualitative research, artistic expression

Author Bio(s)

Audra Skukauskaitė is a Professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research at the University of Central Florida. She is co-editor of Interactional Ethnography (Skukauskaitė & Green, 2023) and of Engaging Students in Qualitative Research Pedagogies (Richards, Skukauskaitė, & Chenail, 2022). Audra has taught qualitative methodologies across the U.S. and internationally for two decades and has consulted on interdisciplinary projects in invention education, healthcare, and STEM innovation. Her research and teaching interests focus on teaching and learning of qualitative research and application of ethnographic and qualitative methodologies in interdisciplinary fields. Please direct correspondence to audra@ucf.edu


Amber Mullens, doctoral candidate in Ed.D. in Higher Education, and Megan Mitchell, Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, were former students in my qualitative research class who collaborated in facilitating the workshop and sharing their poetry and experiences with workshop participants. I thank Sally St. George for the encouragement to share the participant poem and the context of the workshop with TQR readers.

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