Issues of Policy and Practice in Arts Education

Module titleIssues of Policy and Practice in Arts Education
Module codeEFPM320
Academic year2019/0
Credits30
Module staff

Dr Kerry Chappell (Convenor)

Dr Emese Hall (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

10

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module is concerned with how educational, arts and cultural policies impact upon the provision and practice of arts education in and out of school; and the formal, informal and nonformal contexts in which learning in the arts takes place. The role and value of arts organisations and artist educators working in partnership with schools and other educational settings will also be explored. Practical workshops, seminars and lectures, and field visits will provide a broad range of opportunities to investigate and interrogate the issues. The assignments will provide you with opportunities to develop your ability to present and debate issues with your peers and to articulate your ideas to policymakers

This module is suitable for specialist or non-specialist students, although non-specialist students must have an active interest in a particular art form and be willing to undertake practical arts-based activity in visual arts, music, dance and drama. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to help you to:

 develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary perspectives on good practice in arts education in and out of formal education interrogate the role and value of arts education partnerships

 develop an understanding of the role of policy in arts education curricula and practices using national and international contexts

develop knowledge and understanding of approaches to evaluation and assessment in arts education and how outcomes are used

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate increased breadth and depth of knowledge of policies and practices that relate to your areas of expertise and interest (ie in one or more arts disciplines);
  • 2. develop appropriate modes of assessment and evaluation for arts educational outcomes;
  • 3. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the role of arts partnerships in education;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. develop a critical response to professional and policy literature that relates to arts education;
  • 5. demonstrate skills relevant to assessment and evaluation processes;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. undertake both directed and independent study to recognise, justify and analyse key ideas in the literature and relate to practice;
  • 7. work collaboratively in small groups with peers;
  • 8. present ideas verbally and through writing; and engage in critical reflective debate.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Issues raised by recent national policies for arts and cultural education

International perspectives on arts education policies

Good practice in arts pedagogies

Alternative arts pedagogies  

The nature, role and value Arts education partnerships

Assessment and evaluation in formal and non formal arts education contexts

This module descriptor captures two modes of delivery: campus-based (C) and blended (B). In the Learning and Teaching section below there are two sets of numbers: one pertains to campus-based delivery and one to blended delivery. Students enrolled on the blended mode will be expected to undertake more independent guided study than those on the campus-based mode.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
30 (C) 18 (B)270 (C) 282 (B)0

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities24 (C)(C): 2 x 1.5 hr lecture, 4 x 1.5 hr workshops, 2 x 1.5hr seminars (2 Saturdays with (B) students) AND 8 x 1.5 hr lectures/seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities12 (B)(B): 2 x 1.5 hr lectures, 4 x 1.5 hr workshops, 2 x 1.5hr seminars (2 Saturdays with (C) students)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities6 (C)Face to face or online seminars or debates facilitated by tutors
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities6 (B)Face to face or online seminars or debates facilitated by tutors
Guided independent study 32 (B)Independent Study using online directed tasks to study key aspects of arts pedagogies in specialist field arts practice
Guided independent study 80 (C)Directed study: preparatory work for taught sessions including reading; research tasks; collaborative tasks
Guided independent study 60 (B)Directed study: preparatory work for taught sessions including reading; research tasks; collaborative tasks
Guided independent study 90 (C) (B)Assignment preparation
Guided independent study 100 (C) (B)Self-directed study

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual Presentation (face to face or online)15 minutes1, 3, 5, 7, 8Tutor verbal feedback
Group presentation (face to face or online)10 minutes1-8Tutor and peer verbal and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written assignment - Reflective Portfolio and Commentary focused on professional practice (your own or observed practice of others)755000 words1-8Tutor written feedback
Contributions to online discussions25Active contributions to online discussions and (1150 word summary)1-5, 7-8Tutor written feedback

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written assignment - Reflective Portfolio and Commentary focused on professional practice (your own or observed practice of others)Written assignment - Reflective Portfolio and Commentary focused on professional practice (your own or observed practice of others)1-8Normally 6 weeks
Contributions to online discussions and written summaryWritten summary of contributions to online discussions (1150 experience)1-5, 7-8Normally 6 weeks

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Addison, N. & Burgess, L. (Eds.) (2012) Debates in art and design education.  London: Routledge.

Abbs, P. (2003) Against the flow: Education, the arts and post modern culture.  London: Routledge Falmer

Bodilly, S. & Augustine, C.H. (2008) Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-wide Coordination.  Santa Monica, CA: Rand.  [Also available online: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/Community-Approaches-to-Building-Arts-Education/Documents/Revitalizing-Arts-Education-Through-Community-Wide-Coordination.pdf ]

CAPE UK (2008) Teacher Artist Partnership Programme (TAPP): Perspectives from the Literature.  Leeds, CapeUK.   Available here: http://www.capeuk.org/assets/files/CapeUK_TAPP_02.pdf

David Wood Consultants (2012). Creative Partnerships Change Schools Programme Synoptic Evaluation 2011. Newcastle: Creativity, Culture and Education.

Department for Education (2013) Cultural Education, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cultural-education,

Green,L. (2008) Music, Informal Learning and the School, Ashgate

OECD (2013) Art for Art’s Sake, http://www.oecd.org/edu/ceri/arts.htm

Peppler, K. (2011) New opportunities for interest-driven arts learning in a digital age.  Available online:http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/key-research/Pages/New-Opportunities-for-Interest-Driven-Arts-Learning-in-a-Digital-Age.aspx

UNESCO (2006) Road Map for Arts Education http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CLT/CLT/pdf/Arts_Edu_RoadMap_en.pdf

Zakaras, L & Lowell, J. F. (2008) Cultivating demand for the arts: Arts learning, arts engagement, and state arts policy.  Available online:  http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/audience-development-for-the-arts/key-research/Documents/Arts-Learning-and-Arts-Engagement.pdf

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Creativity, policy, culture, arts education

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

30/09/14

Last revision date

05/07/2016