TE7056 - Inquiry of Current Issues in Art Education

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be encouraged to critically explore a range of factors that contribute to a holistic understanding of art, craft and design teaching in secondary in England and beyond. This includes your own teacher identity, and the application of these ideas within professional practice. In the module you will be introduced to key ideas and theories and philosophies within art, craft and design education and you will also build upon your knowledge of critical reflective thinking, discipline specific creativity, project development and management and approaches to independent enquiry.

You will be supported to select and negotiate an enquiry proposal based on your Individual Training Plans, Skills Audits, developing interests or desired specialisms within the context of the teaching and learning of this module.

How will I learn on this module?

You will participate in this module as an active learner. The module will be built around a number of individual and group learning activities that will help you to explore the different dimensions of art, craft and design education. These activities will lead you to take part, to lead, to listen, to watch, to research, plan, present, discuss, debate, and make (see timetable). The e-learning platform will be used to share learning materials and organisational information. Your cohort itself will form an important learning network and you will be expected to share and discuss your learning with your peer group. Since the module is focused on small scale projects from practice contexts, the learning that you experience within the module will be authentic and will reflect the realities, aspirations and creative practice of art, craft and design education.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Module Leader will provide help and advice at every stage of the module. You will also been provided with the contact details of key module personnel within the module handbook and on the e-learning platform. Advice and feedback on the early to mid-stage ideas / proposals is built into the module (see Section MLOs and Module Guide) to offer advice but also keep you on track to complete on time.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

By the end of this module you will have:
Knowledge & Understanding:
• demonstrate an in-depth and systematic knowledge and understanding of the purposes, scope and structure of the Secondary Art, Craft and Design Curriculum and school based education, children’s learning and associated theories;
• understand the complex relationship between theory and practice in education, showing a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline;

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• within your professional practice deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively;
• adopt a critical appreciation of how technology can be used to enhance your academic performance and professional capacity.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• show resilience, independence of thought and be able to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
• demonstrate your ability to plan for secondary student’s wider educational development through your subject and including numeracy, literacy, equality, diversity and safeguarding of children.
• demonstrate your understanding of education within a global context, at both a national and international level.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment
A written assignment of 3500 words with a range of styled questions that can be tailored to address targets on your Individual Training plan or a negotiated title based on personalised rationale for meeting targets

You will receive detailed formative feedback to support your ongoing academic work.


Good honours degree


TE6674: Professional Studies: Art, Craft and Design
TE6675: Professional Placements Secondary Art, Craft and Design
TE7055: Contemporary Issues an

Module abstract

Welcome to the Inquiry of Current Issues in Art Education module. We know you will enjoy and be ready for the the experience of engaging in the practice and theory of and enquiry in to current Art, Craft and Design Educational issues.

During the year, the module will be built upon two key strands which are, firstly, the involvement of expert speakers, creators, deliverers and researchers in art, craft and design education to talk about issues that are current and contemporary to the settings within which you are working now and in the future. As a team, we will focus upon some key current issues and ideas that will inspire you to need to take a closer more personal look, usually through your own artistic practice or within your placement school settings.

Secondly, you will be asked to focus on an issue from your own practice context (usually your placement school, but could be much wider) that you will use for a personal enquiry leading to a presentation of your finding.

Classroom discussion during the module will use individuals’ small scale projects and the development that takes place in relation to these as the basis for consideration and application of further theories, concepts and ideas.

The enquiry may should be explored on an individual basis so that personalised targets might lead the selection/topic/direction and at the same time as having academic rigour, contribute practically to the evidence for the assessment file against the Teachers Standards to achieve recommendation for QTS.

Course info

UCAS Code W1X1

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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