What are ways of bringing about change in educators’ attitudes and professional practice? This is one of the most important areas of policy-making in the twenty-first century. In this book a highly effective innovator explains her thinking and methods in relation to art, design and environmental education. Eileen Adams has wide experience in what has recently been identified as ‘cultural leadership’. Unusually, her work as a teacher, lecturer, researcher, writer, examiner and consultant covers all levels of formal education, as well as the broader, more diffuse experience of pressure groups such as the highly successful Campaign for Drawing. Many of Eileen’s initiatives have resulted in changes in government thinking at local and national levels, and development in educators’ practice both in the UK and internationally.Eileen Adams views visual education as an essential part of general education. In education through art, she says: ‘making is central but art and design are also about making sense, making meaning and making things happen’. In this critical biography she tells the story of six years as a classroom teacher and 40 years as a researcher, innovator and campaigner. She played a key role in a series of influential projects: Front Door; Art and the Built Environment; and Learning through Landscapes. Most recently she was director of Power Drawing, the educational arm of The Campaign for Drawing. She has used strategies familiar in action research to prompt change in educational practice and sees teachers as significant players in curriculum development. In this book she gives a frank account of successes and failures, and concludes by putting forward ten policy recommendations which are essential reading for politicians, school governors, headteachers, researchers, lecturers and – most important of all – teachers and student teachers.
Number of Pages: 243 Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781909671140 Publication Date:30/04/2016 Listed in:Education Publisher:Loughborough Design Press Ltd