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Using the Arts in other Disciplines to foster Transformative Learning in Higher Education. Associate Professor Digby Warren London Metropolitan University presentation to Lady Irwin College, 16 January 2014. Arts-based Learning.
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Associate Professor Digby Warren
London Metropolitan University
Lady Irwin College, 16 January 2014
This approach has been called “Arts-based inquiry” – a term adopted from research literature by Louise Younie
“student practical engagement with any art form – poetry, photography, painting, narrative, sculpture, dance, music etc. - as they reflect on their experiences” (Younie 2013, p.25)
Art forms can stimulate “inquiry” in the sense of seeking to understand in a new and deeper way
See McIntosh & Warren (eds) (2013) Creativity in the Classroom: Case Studies in Using the Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Arts-based methods use symbolic objects = multi-sensory, multi-faceted forms of expression, which can:
Role of the lecturer
Assessment example: portfolio of “patch work” texts
1. Formative elements (“patches”) relevant to the subject matter/course and chosen by the student, e.g.
patches discussed with peers
2. Summative element: critical commentary
“stitches” together the patches and draws on further (theoretical) reading to produce a synthesis which addresses the main aims of the module/course
Barnett, Ronald (2007) A Will to Learn: Being a Student in an Age of Uncertainty. Berkshire: Open University Press
Mezirow, J. (1991). Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Taylor, Edward W. (1997) Building on the theoretical debate: A critical review of the empirical studies of Mezirow’s transformative learning theory. Adult Education Quarterly, 48 (1), pp. 34-59
Younie, Louise (2013) Introducing Arts-based Inquiry into Medical Education: ‘Exploring the Creative Arts in Health and Illness’, in Paul McIntosh & Digby Warren (editors), Creativity in the Classroom: Case Studies in Using the Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Bristol: Intellect, chapter 2