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This practice-based subject will enable students to extend their practical and theoretical understanding of the arts in primary education. Students will be supported in the development of their arts skills, teaching and artistry, in preparation for the range of contemporary arts practices (from the generalist classroom, to specialist arts teaching in schools and other cultural centres). The subject will entail immersive integrated arts seminars with Arts educators, an 'artist in residence' and children from local primary schools. Weekly seminars will involve individual and collaborative experiences supported by theories of aesthetic curriculum and embodied learning. The subject will support students in understanding the processes associated with arts making with children. Students will create their own studio-based work, undertake site visits, work directly with children in studio and school settings, and engage in theoretically-informed reflection.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
- Reflect on the ways in which educational theory in the arts informs teaching practice in primary education;
- Create, analyse and synthesise disciplinary and pedagogical understandings to create productive learning environments that empower learners;
- Design, interpret and develop practice-based learning action plans to engage children in the arts;
- Examine and critically analyse learner engagement and effectiveness of pedagogies and practices through reflective practice;
- Articulate a professional learning pathway for integrating the arts within contemporary arts practices (from the generalist classroom, to specialist arts teaching in schools and other cultural settings).
MTeach graduates will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
- Reflection for continuous improvement
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiry and research
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 14 July 2021