The Use of Activity Theory as a Methodology for Developing Creativity within the Art and Design Classroom

Kinsella, Victoria (2018) The Use of Activity Theory as a Methodology for Developing Creativity within the Art and Design Classroom. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 37 (3). pp. 493-506. ISSN 14768062 (ISSN)

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This article discusses the use of an activity theory system as an analytical tool within the school art and design classroom. It highlights reasons for its use and makes explicit its importance for investigations into teaching and learning. It proposes that through an activity theory system, teachers and researchers are enabled to reflect on the formation of thought and develop an understanding of pedagogy, where classroom roles, rules and participation are made visible.The article draws on primary research which explores the development of creativity within the English Key Stage Three (11-14) art and design classroom. Illustrations are provided to show how through the use of an activity theory system a multi-layered analysis took place. This generated reflection on relationships and structures within and surrounding the classroom, impinging creative activity. Through using the activity theory system teachers and researchers were enabled to observe the complexity of the classroom and question socio-cultural-political structures which empowered change.

Item Type: Article
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25 December 2017Published Online
14 March 2017Accepted
August 2018Published
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-05 - others in creative arts and design
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Victoria Kinsella
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 08:47
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 16:59

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