Art and design education in Scottish Primary Schools: a teacher’s perspective

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Art education research in the United Kingdom predominantly represents England; with different education systems in place in the different nations, this is problematic. In England the majority of art education research presents a gloomy picture of a subject in gradual decline and marginalisation in the curriculum. However levels of art education activism are high. In Scotland however the value and identity of the subject is currently difficult to determine, due to the limited research specifically concerning art education in Scottish schools. The Scottish Government is increasingly focused on Creativity, partnering with Creative Scotland to place an emphasis on creative learning at all stages of life. Alongside this there is a growing interest in research in Scotland in terms of art and design pedagogy in the classroom. This paper adds to this body of knowledge by focusing on the findings from a survey of Scottish primary teachers undertaken in May 2022, ascertaining their thoughts about current art and design education in Scottish primary schools and setting this against the wider Scottish research context. It will also identify future research and practice needs in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2022
EventSHSL Division of Education and Social Work: Annual Research and Scholarship Conference - University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Nov 202210 Nov 2022 (Evenbrite website) (Conference website)


ConferenceSHSL Division of Education and Social Work: Annual Research and Scholarship Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherUniversity of Dundee, is inviting you to attend a conference with the focus on thinking-again the Scholarship and Research divide. This conference has in previous years been organised by the School of Education and Social Work - now part of the new School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. The aim of the conference is to bring together students and academics to explore scholarship and research ideas. The focus is to create a vibrant space where people come together to discuss and engage critically on current issues. As in previous years this conference is co-coordinated with colleagues of Medical Education, School of Medicine, University of Dundee.

This year’s conference theme aims at helping us think-again about the academic identities that are influenced by the binary tension of Scholarship and Research. Academic identities are often constructed in ways that position one in either one of these categories, allowing little possibilities of movements between the two. Are there other ways of understanding academic identities that question and, in some way, deconstruct this binary? How does practice and reach/theory come together? Or is this a never-ending battle between the two divides?

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