Integrating Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design examines the relationship between two aspects of art education that appear at times inseparable or even indistinguishable, and at others isolated and in conflict: Critical and Contextual Studies (CCS) and studio practice. Underpinned by international contexts, this book is rooted in British art and design education and draws upon contemporary case studies of teaching and learning in post-compulsory settings in order to analyse and illustrate identities and practices of CCS and its integration.
The chapters in this book are divided into three sections that build on one another: ‘Discourse and debate’; ‘Models, types and tensions’; and ‘Proposals and recommendations’. Key issues include:
Integrating Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design offers a comprehensive analysis of the current drive towards integration within art education, and elucidates what we understand by the theory and practice of integration. It explores the history, theory, teaching and student experience of CCS, and will be of interest to lecturers, teachers and pedagogues involved in art and design as well as researchers and students of art education.
1. CCS in a changing landscape: What is CCS, where has it come from and why be concerned about it in an art and design curriculum? 2. Theory/Practice: tales of turbulence 3. The meaning of, and possibilities for, integration 4. Case study examples: Introducing elements of the research process 5. Locating theory: the lecture theatre and the studio 6. Types of ‘Theory’ and Points of Tension: issues of form and content 7. Subject and staff identities and cultures 8. Approaches to integrating CCS: Where does integration reside? 9. Concluding considerations and recommendations