The Enlightened Pen: The Praxis Documentation and Aesthetic Interpretation (PDAI) Research Model


A fresh hybrid research method, the Praxis Documentation and Aesthetic Interpretation (PDAI) model, as created by Mickahail (2010), and used to record the lived stories of individual experiences through oral history and poetic data display is chronicled in this chapter. The PDAI model is a 4-continual step process: developing a praxis framework, collecting and documenting oral history data, creating a poetic representation, and determining resultant themes and findings. The model is continual because change does not cease but continues to transform, adjust, and refine into a cycle of striving for knowledge and excellence.

The PDAI methodology emerged from Mickahail’s (2010) study and fascination with the 20th century, civil rights efforts, subsequent societal transformation, and the endless energy of change makers. Developing a hybrid research that applied the method of oral history built around a change model and then blended with Eisner’s (1998) enlightened eye of educational criticism. Mickahail applied distinctive poetic representation of the data through her enlightened pen to document research findings.
The use of the PDAI 4-continual step process translated the qualitative interviewees’ insights and perspectives of life experiences related to issues of urgency, advocacy, effective treatment, public awareness, research, and policy planning into recommendations for change through poetic representation. The PDAI model holds significance for those who seek to conduct research in new and inventive ways.


This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Book Chapter
Dr. Bethany Mickahail
Dr. Kate Andrews
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Refractive Thinker:Vol II: Effective Research Method & Design for Doctoral Scholars
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Associated Awards: 
Gold 2014 Global eBook Award Winner in the Anthology category, Global E-Books, Aug.
Best Book Awards, Award Winner in the Education/Academic category, USA Book News, November 2013.

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