Reading Proactively: A perspective on learning to become a reader and a reflection of the role of reading in creative education

Abstract Though technology is making access to reading easier, universities still see a significant lack of reading compliance. According to one study, only 5% of students complete over 75% of the given reading material. This article makes an honest observation on several factors surrounding this, exploring reading as a skill and attitudes and identities towards …

Tracing routes to Higher Education through geographies of disadvantage: The contribution of creative arts outreach

Tracing routes to Higher Education through geographies of disadvantage: The contribution of creative arts outreach

Abstract Inclusive of socio-economic disadvantage, young people from a variety of backgrounds and characteristics are underrepresented in Higher Education (HE) in England. While attainment at secondary school strongly predicts whether a young person might go into HE, it is also difficult to disentangle attainment at Key Stages from the cyclical influence of prior disadvantage. Creative …

Visualising transformative spaces for education: a focus on lecture halls, computer rooms and studios

Abstract One room, three learning spaces for creative education. This image-led investigation shows how a standard blank room can be effectively transformed into three different kinds of learning environments: a lecture hall, a computer room and a studio. Research has shown that effective design of teaching spaces is beneficial to the learning experience and contributes …

Reflecting on the inclusivity and accessibility of a learning space for textiles education

Inclusive Learning Spaces for Textiles Education

Abstract The aim of this reflection was to investigate the extent to which one of my teaching spaces is inclusive and accessible for my students that will be using it. With inclusivity and accessibility being increasingly discussed within a university setting, it felt important to look at the spaces I use when teaching my workshops …

Using the Alexander Framework to reflect on approaches to teaching

Abstract The Alexander Framework invites us to reflect on our underlying beliefs and assumptions about teaching and learning. In this article, Rebecca Fairley, Programme Leader for Textiles at the Open College of the Arts, provides an example of how the Alexander Framework can help educators achieve new perspectives on how they approach their teaching. Published …

Could do better? Inclusion in higher education arts institutions (review)

Ray Martin highlights the sobering findings emerging from Kate Hatton's book on the state of inclusivity in arts higher education. Published on 11th March 2020 | Written by Ray Martin | Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash ‘Art education has generally been conservative, repetitive and exclusive,’ says Kate Hatton, editor of Towards an Inclusive Arts …

What is wrong with Eisner’s theory of connoisseurship for assessment in the arts – and why

Elliot Einser’s theory of connoisseurship has been influential in the discourse around assessment of arts disciplines for forty years – and still is. It claims that judgments should be based on the fact that assessors are like connoisseurs: able to discern, discriminate and thereby identify good work, as well as being able to explain the …