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 …

Towards a new pedagogical mindset: digital technologies and learning theories

Abstract The aim of this article is to evaluate my underlying beliefs and assumptions about the use of technology to support learning. It takes the form of a series of paragraphs which interweave key learning theories with experiences of digital technology in the classroom towards reflecting on the impact these can have on the growth …

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 …

Welcome to Issue 2

Welcome to the second edition of JUICE, the Journal of Useful Investigations in Creative Education. It is always a pleasure to write an editorial for a journal, because it involves drawing attention to the hard work of all the contributors. Preparing and submitting an article for any journal requires considerable time and effort, and contributors …

Discussions in online collaborative work, cohesion and learning in higher education (and cake)

Abstract Online collaboration is becoming an ever more prevalent and feasible option in education. As technological options and distance teaching methods improve, the value of using online platforms to teach, learn and collaborate is becoming increasingly recognised. This paper examines and reflects on its place and use in creative education. Using video-conferencing software Zoom, these …

An investigation into best practices in internationalising curricula

Abstract The number of international students at UCA has doubled since last academic year.  With the targets for international recruitments moving ever higher, additional opportunities for international students to study at UCA have been created through short courses, exchange and transfer opportunities along with the development of UCA course franchises with partnership universities. As a …

Reflective teaching in the creative arts

Abstract This paper explores the conceptualisation of reflective teaching on creative educational development programmes and the extent to which enabling a reflective disposition may be influenced by the forms, interpretations and underpinning values of reflective practices in the creative arts.  The author reflects on her own role as a senior educational developer working in a …