Personal and Professional Development (PPD) is a recognised pedagogic approach for developing the student learning experience. By deploying PPD across the curriculum, the University aims to encourage independent and critically reflective student-practitioners. A variety of PPD solutions are currently operating at the University of the Arts, including reflective statements and diaristic modes such as logbooks and video interfaces. However, these methods are private and monologic (Bakhtin, 1982). In this paper, David Garner and Claire Nichols will introduce an alternative communal and dialogic approach to PPD identified in a small-scale study, The Picture Group, aimed at encouraging visual literacy (Elkins et al., 2005). The study uses informal and group approaches to learning in order to develop a ‘community of practitioners’ (Lave & Wenger, 1991) involving students, Visiting Practitioners and tutors. Visual and cultural resources outside of the institution are presented to the group as an impetus for discussions involving live response and reflection. Both individual and group responses then circulate and inform the conversation. The authors argue that this informal teaching method successfully embeds a key PPD principle of reflexivity. The value of this approach for personal and professional development is that individuals are able to reflect on their practice and refine their critical voice in a dynamic comparative dialogue with their peers.
|Keywords:||Art and Education, Teaching the Arts|
Visiting Practitioner, Part-Time Programmes, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, London, UK
Programme Tutor, Part-Time Programmes, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, London, UK
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