1st Edition

Understanding Art Education Engaging Reflexively with Practice

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    What is distinctive about art and design as a subject in secondary schools?

    What contribution does it make to the wider curriculum?

    How can art and design develop the agency of young people?

    Understanding Art Education examines the theory and practice of helping young people learn in and beyond the secondary classroom. It provides guidance and stimulation for ways of thinking about art and design when preparing to teach and provides a framework within which teachers can locate their own experiences and beliefs.

    Designed to complement the core textbook Learning to Teach Art and Design in the Secondary School, which offers pragmatic approaches for trainee and newly-qualified teachers, this book suggests ways in which art and design teachers can engage reflexively with their continuing practice.

    Experts in the field explore:

    • The histories of art and design education and their relationship to wider social and cultural developments
    • Creativity as a foundation for learning
    • Engaging with contemporary practice in partnership with external agencies
    • The role of assessment in evaluating creative and collaborative practices
    • Interdisciplinary approaches to art and design
    • Developing dialogue as a means to address citizenship and global issues in art and design education.

    Understanding Art Education will be of interest to all students and practising teachers, particularly those studying at M Level, as well as teacher educators, and researchers who wish to reflect on their identity as an artist and teacher, and the ways in which the subject can inform and contribute to education and society more widely.

    Introduction  Part 1: Histories and Futures  1. Art and design in education: ruptures and continuities  2. A Return to Design in Art and Design: Developing creativity and innovation’  Part 2: Reconceptualising Practice 3. Developing creative potential: Learning through embodied practices  4. Learning as a Social Practice in Art and Design  5. Assessment and learning    Part 3: Relocating Practice  6. Critical Pedagogy  7. Collaborative liberatory practices for global citizenship


    Nicholas Addison is a senior lecturer in Art, Design & Museology at the Institute of Education and Course Leader for the MA Art & Design in Education at the University of London, UK.

    Lesley Burgess is a senior lecturer in Art, Design & Museology and Course Leader for the PGCE in Art & Design at the Institute of Education, University of London.

    John Steers is General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design, and visiting senior research fellow at Roehampton University, London. He formerly taught art and design in secondary schools in London and Bristol for 14 years.

    Jane Trowell is lecturer on the MA Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, University of London and co-director of the London-based interdisciplinary group PLATFORM.