Provoking the Field (Book)

International Perspectives on Visual Arts PhDs in Education

Provoking the Field invites debate on, and provides an essential resource for, transnational arts-based scholars engaged in critical analyses of international visual arts education and its enquiry in doctoral research. The book encompasses creative research practices in the visual arts, and advances pedagogical and experimental perspectives, assessments, methodological deliberations and ethical issues and concerns in relation to a host of topic areas in visual arts education.

Category: Visual Arts

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Provoking the Field invites debate on, and provides an essential resource for, transnational arts-based scholars engaged in critical analyses of international visual arts education and its enquiry in doctoral research. The book encompasses creative research practices in the visual arts, and advances pedagogical and experimental perspectives, assessments, methodological deliberations and ethical issues and concerns in relation to a host of topic areas in visual arts education.

The truly global range of authors in the volume examine visual arts PhDs using diverse theoretical perspectives; innovative arts and hybrid methodologies; institutional relationships and scholarly practices; and voices from the field in the form of site-specific cases.

The book, divided into three parts – Provoking Doctoral Processes, Provoking Doctoral Practices and Provoking Doctoral Programmes – interrogates education in formal and informal learning environments, ranging from schools to post-secondary institutions, as well as community and adult education.

Provoking the Field is a compendium of leading voices in the field of arts education, and provides a diverse range of perspectives on arts inquiry by bridging the visual with literary, performative as well as digital approaches.

Anita Sinner is associate professor in the department of art education at Concordia University. Previously co-editor of the International Journal of Education Through Art, Sinner is also co-author of several titles, including Unfolding the Unexpectedness of Uncertainty: Creative Nonfiction and the Lives of Preservice Teachers (2013), A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Emphatic Inquiry (2012), Creating Together: Participatory, Community-Based and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship across Canada (2015).

Rita L. Irwin is a researcher, artist and teacher, and professor of art education in the department of curriculum and pedagogy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She was also principal editor for the International Journal of Education Through Art, and is the recipient of several esteemed awards, including Canadian Teacher of the Year, Elliot Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award and Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service. Irwin has co-edited well-known titles, such as Revisions: Readings in Canadian Art Teacher Education and Being with A/r/tography

Jeff Adams is professor of education at the University of Chester, and the principal editor of the International Journal of Art & Design Education, as well as programme leader of the Centre for Research in Education, Creative and Arts through Practice.

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