Improving student engagement in commercial Art & Design programmes.

Rutherford, , 2015. Improving student engagement in commercial Art & Design programmes. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 34 (1), pp. 89-101.

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DOI: 10.1111/jade.12016

Abstract

The continued viability of art and design programmes depends on our ability to produce graduates able to contribute successfully and confidently to the future of the creative industries. This in turn depends on our ability to lead students to develop both the ability and the motivation to learn. A significant proportion of our students however, are not adequately prepared or inclined to engage with the learning environment. Based on a review of the literature on student engagement, this article attempts to identify the origins and examine the impact of the perceptions and attitudes (the ‘mental pictures’) that currently limit our students' ability and inclination to engage as well as those factors (including the features of our programmes) through which these ‘mental pictures’ may be inadvertently reinforced. It then proposes a number of practical suggestions to make more effective use of the learning outcomes of art and design programmes in order to mitigate their influence and thereby improve both our graduates' capacity and inclination to become more competent professionals, as well as self-directed learners

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1476-8070
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student engagement; mental pictures; Market Model; neoliberal paradigm of higher education; making education relevant
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Media School
ID Code:21737
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:02 Mar 2015 14:23
Last Modified:03 Mar 2015 13:01

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