Putting ourselves in the picture: art workshops in the professional development of university lecturers.

Loads, Daphne (2009) Putting ourselves in the picture: art workshops in the professional development of university lecturers. International Journal of Academic Development, 14 (2). pp. 235-245. ISSN 1360-144x

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Nurse education is characterised by dissonance, ambiguity and uncertainty. Such a context makes demands on the educator’s authenticity or sense of self. This paper reports an attempt to provide a space where dissonance, ambiguity and uncertainty could be held, tolerated and examined and where authenticity could be recovered or developed through the practice of artistry. Three art workshops were offered to 8 nurse educators over a period of three months. Each of the participants and the co-facilitator were subsequently interviewed. All welcomed the opportunity to find meaning in their practice and to be listened to in a climate of empathy, acceptance and congruence. They undertook novel activities that allowed for discovery and surprise. They explored their sense of self and coined fresh metaphors to communicate their experiences. The paper argues that there is room for approaches to academic staff development that go against the mainstream.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1360-144x
Electronic ISSN: 1470-1324
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art workshops; Therapeutic value; Educational value; Lecturer training; Nurse training;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
700 Arts & recreation > 750 Painting
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Library of Congress Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Item ID: 2488
Depositing User: Ms Daphne Loads
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2009 11:09
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2013 14:37

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