This book is focused on the role of reflective practice, as a source and resource for teaching and learning and research in the arts (here being Art and Design, Dance, Drama and Music). It aims to investigate the concept of reflection and its application to a range of contemporary arts education contexts for both teachers and learners. Authors investigate how and in what ways reflection is practised in arts education, and argue for the central importance of reflection within the professional arts community. The book will provide a resource for those seeking to engage in individual and collective professional development which, by its nature, involves reflecting on practice.
Many of the authors are both arts educators and researchers who reflect current trends in arts education, and consider the relationships between teachers, artists and learners in and across disciplines.
Through explanation and discussion of examples of practice both in and out of school, and in with a range of age phases, readers will gain insight into a variety of ways of working and ways of understanding how learning in the arts is nurtured.
Acknowledgements,- Foreword by Liora Bresler,- The authors,- Editors' Preface,- Section 1: Perspectives: 1:Understanding reflective arts practices: Issues, trends and possibilities: Burnard (UK/Australia) ,- 2. More than meets the eye: Adolescents and cultures of reflection- Kushner (UK),- 3.Reflective Creativity: Reforming the arts curriculum for the information age- Hilton (UK),- 4.Teaching arts as a reflective practice -Hentschke and Del Ben (Brazil),- 5.Reflecting on teaching performing arts to Muslims-Harris (UK),- 6.Challenges for artists and teachers working in partnership-Upitis (Canada),- Section 2: Tools of reflection: 7.Game for reflection? Reflections on the development and use of a reflective tool -Peel (Visual Arts- UK),- 8.Reflection and evaluation: Tools for learning by arts practitioners -Glover & Hoskyns (Music - UK),- 9.Using learning journals in teacher education in the Arts-Rolfe (Dance - UK),- 10.Changing practice through reflective use of digital technologies in the Arts -Cheung & Kung (Hong Kong, China),- 11.Tools for developing reflective thinking skills-Kerchner (USA),- Section 3: Case studies: Reflections in and on action: 12.Insights into reflective practice: Reengagement through peer teaching Drama -Morrison et all (Australia/UK),- 13. Cross and intercultural engagement: A case study in self reflection and finding meaning -Joseph (Australia),- 14. Reflective practice through the lens of a fifth grade composition-based music class-Younker (USA),- 15.Fair Exchange: Shared professional development-Ledgard (UK),- 16. Enabling reflective practice in arts education (culminating discussion on 'how' and reiteration of 'why')- Hennessy (UK),- References,- Name Index,- Subject Index
From the reviews:
"Anyone who is involved in arts and education, research or is a practicing artist will probably have considered what it means to be a 'reflective practitioner'. This book, aimed at people working in the arts as teachers, practitioners or researchers, invites deeper thought about reflective practice and its role within the current context of accountability in education. ... Anyone who is involved with arts education would find something enlightening and informative in this book." (Frederick A. Seddon, British Journal of Music Education, Vol. 2 (13), 2008)
Draws together scholars and practitioners from different art forms
Reflects a range of formal and informal settings for arts education practice
Offers an international perspective on what constitutes reflective practice
Seeks to highlight the relationship between details of implementation and value of reflective practices in arts education drawing on various contexts and practices from different parts of the world
Contributes significantly to the debate on the role of reflection in arts education