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ERIC Number: EJ905307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Risky Choices: The Dilemmas of Introducing Contemporary Art Practices into Schools
Adams, Jeff
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v31 n6 p683-701 Nov 2010
Contemporary art is a popular feature of the cultural landscape in the United Kingdom, and recent research has recommended introducing its practices into state education. Yet these practices are still rare in schools, and this paper argues that the many difficulties that arise from attempts to introduce them are indicative of their socially contingent character, which threatens to disrupt the ideological underpinnings of orthodox school practices. The school art projects "Room 13" and "Teaching through contemporary art" are used as prominent examples of contemporary art practices that support a relatively high degree of learner autonomy within state education, yet are situated outside of government initiatives. Through these projects the paper explores the dilemmas that the participants face, which include questions of learner agency, choice and creative risk, and the effects of regulatory assessment systems upon collaboration, experiment, play and ephemeral learning outcomes. The paper concludes by examining the possibilities of encouraging these more "risky" contemporary practices in schools. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom