Teacher's Views of Art Education in Primary Schools in Scotland

Anna Robb (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The majority of art education research in the United Kingdom originates from England; however, the devolved nations each have responsibility for education resulting in four different curricula working concurrently across Great Britain. It can be argued that in comparison to England, art and design education research in Scotland is an under-researched area though one that is increasingly garnering interest. This paper contributes to the field by presenting and discussing some of the findings from a survey of teachers focused on art and design education in Scottish primary schools in 2022. A total of 110 teachers participated and the survey examined the value of the subject, the current delivery in schools, the future of the subject and support for teachers. A wealth of data were gathered so this paper focuses particularly on the value of the subject among staff, confidence levels regarding delivery and the role of training and professional learning. The paper concludes that while the value of the subject among staff is strong, confidence levels with regard to teaching the subject are not. Staff felt that training had left them unprepared to teach the subject, and there was limited awareness of professional learning opportunities in their geographical area.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Art and Design Education
Early online date10 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • art education
  • Scottish art education
  • professional learning
  • creativity
  • primary schools

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