The word aesthetics, derived from the Greek aisthanomai, meaning perception through the senses, has made its way into discussions on
research/inquiry from the early 20th century since John Dewey paved the way for what is referred to as the cognitive revolution of the late 1950’s. The concept of the cognitive aesthetic dimensions of human interaction is often discussed in relation to qualitative research in the social sciences; the postmodern view being that aesthetic based inquiry is not a preserve of the arts but is actually a natural propensity of the social researcher. In the relatively short time since qualitative research has been accepted as a field in its own right, it has been predominantly associated with the social sciences.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2018

  • Date of Conference: 25-28 June, 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2018.0027
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-90-2
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada